We can't quite decide if this is a good one or a bad one. It's definitely a stupid one, but that doesn't really affect the first two. See, we certainly don't condone driving at speeds triple the limit. Especially at night. But if you're going to do it, then this is one of the best ways it could end. Ok, let's rewind for a minute.
See, it's natural to want to find out how quickly your car can go. Especially if it's something like a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. After all, who doesn't want to exercise that 5.2L engine and its 526 hp? But there is a time and a place.
Or, if you're this guy, you do it at night. On a two-lane road. But that's not the really stupid part. See, this member of the responsible driver's club decided that not only was he going to take his Mustang to the limit, he was going to livestream it. On YouTube. Yup. That's right. Calling out speeds as he went.
Driving at 190 mph. That's over 300 km/h. While on your phone with one hand and one on the wheel. Fortunately, he gets pulled over.
Unfortunately, the police didn't see him when he was going 300 km/h. You can hear him on the video deny that he was driving excessively quickly. One of the officers sounds suspicious, but they end up letting him go with a warning.
Except during the stop, he mentioned that he was putting the whole thing on YouTube. And that he put everything on the site. Officers went looking for the video. And found it.
And that went about as well as you would expect. Beau Alan Rogel, the driver identified in the video, was arrested by Rankin County, Missouri, sheriffs. But it's not just speeding and reckless driving that's Rogel's worry. The Rankin County Sheriff said that he had also put himself on social media in possession of a firearm. As a previously convicted felon, that's another strike.
So that brings us back to the first part. Where we're not sure if it's bad that he was driving at such high speeds (it is) or good that he was caught (it is that too). We're just happy he probably won't be on the roads with us for a while. If you want to see the driving and the stop, the clip is below. It's also still live on his own YouTube channel. Which seems like another questionable decision. But that's probably to be expected.
Also, check out the Rankin County Sheriff's office FB post.
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Evan is an East Coast based automotive journalist and a Certified Engineering Technologist. He is an avid autocrosser, hack mechanic, and a member of AJAC. If you don't find him driving or writing about cars, you'll probably find him in the garage breaking one.