B.C. police seek speeder who posted fast-paced video online
Published Friday, January 4, 2013 10:47AM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 4, 2013 10:49AM EST
Police in British Columbia are looking for the driver behind an online video that shows a pick-up truck seemingly speeding down windy mountain roads.
The video, posted by a YouTube user named “TheStiggyOne,” is shot on a GoPro camera that appears to be mounted to the hood of the red truck. According to data posted alongside the video, it was filmed on Tuesday.
The video shows the truck’s route as it passes a row of small houses in a residential neighbourhood in the province’s Lower Mainland before turning off onto the windy Mountain Drive, a route local police say is known for icing up in cold conditions.
“I know the route that he took quite well and that, at certain points of the year, (it) can be an absolute ice rink,” Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald told CTV News on Thursday.
The truck is seen blasting down the two-lane road, swooping around blind corners and overtaking a car so quickly the other vehicle slams on the brakes, then pulls over.
MacDonald believes the driver in the clip is going much faster than the road’s 50 kilometre-per-hour speed limit. He calls the high speed and an illegal pass on a hill the video’s “lowlights.”
The road shown in the video sports double solid lines down the centre for most of the way, indicating passing other vehicles is dangerous and not allowed.
MacDonald said traffic police have seen the clip and will determine what potential charges the driver may face, calling the incident yet another example of suspects using social media to inadvertently assist police.
“I think what individuals sometimes don’t realize is that they’re actually gathering evidence that would be used against them,” he said.
It isn’t the first time in recent memory B.C. police have nabbed a suspect through his web posts. Last year, a 25-year-old motorcyclist turned himself in after police came across a web video of a biker speeding down a Vancouver highway at about 300 kilometres per hour.
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