Teen Posts YouTube Video of Alleged Hit & Run, Gets Arrested

Friday, May 3, an 18-year-old was arrested as a result of his video titled "Me driving like an idiot", a video that has already been pulled down from YouTube. In the video, the Florida teen is said to have been traveling wildly on New Smyrna Beach roads, actually colliding with several different cars and then driving on. To be precise, he reportedly struck four different cars as a result of driving recklessly, cutting other vehicles off. These wrecks sent him and four other people to the hospital. When asked about the YouTube video that yielded the arrest, the police chief said, "We certainly appreciate it."

The video was posted on Tuesday, April 29, and that Friday the teen was faced with two charges of a hit and run involving injuries, as well as reckless driving charges and a charge of driving without a license. An additional charge, intentional battery with a vehicle, could be pending. A battery charge could be filed as a second degree felony, which could mean:

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • $10,000 in fines

Even if this charge does not materialize, a charge of leaving the scene of a crash (hit and run) is at the very least a third degree felony, punishable by:

  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • $5,000 in fines

While obviously quite an extreme example, it is paramount that anyone suspected of a crime use his or her right to remain silent, as well as take advantage of their right to have an attorney. When you need legal counsel and strong defense against criminal charges, do not wait to get the legal answers that you need now. Call Thomas & Paulk, P.A. today to get in touch with one of our skilled Tampa criminal defense lawyers, someone who is a former cop and former prosecutor. Learn how you can preserve your rights today!