Speeding YouTube motorcyclist escapes prosecution
A British motorcyclist escaped prosecution on Friday, after allegedly posting a video of himself speeding at 100 mph on YouTube.
The footage shows a man speeding through traffic — in Somerset, south-west England — in a 30 mph zone. Jeremy Parrot was easily tracked down by police because the clip appeared to show the bike arriving back at his home address.
The popular and free website — which was recently bought by Internet giant Google for 1.65 billion dollars (803 million pounds) — allows users to upload video clips which other people can view.
But there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case against Parrot, said police. It is understood no charges could be brought because no date or time appeared on the video.
The police have to give notice of a traffic offence within 14 days – and could not be sure when the footage was taken.
Parrot’s lawyer said his client was “delighted,” and insisted there was never any realistic chance of a prosecution. “It’s not very good video footage, there’s no date and my client isn’t admitting it’s him,” he added.