Reckless Teenager Arrested After Police Watch His YouTube Video

| by Jonathan Wolfe

The internet is a wonderful tool with many uses, not the least of which is self-incrimination.

Police in Florida confirmed this week that they used a YouTube video posted by Robert Kelley, 18, as evidence to charge him with reckless driving.

Kelley posted a video recently titled “Me Driving Like an Idiot” that shows him weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds and smashing into multiple cars. Kelley injured five people during the crashes and had to be admitted to the hospital following the final collision.

Kelley posted the video to YouTube from his hospital bed. That is not a joke.

"He wasn't concerned about anyone's safety," New Smyrna Beach Police Sgt. Eugene Griffith said. "He just drove in a manner, cutting people off left and right just a total disregard for our citizens. We’re just really lucky we’re not dealing with a death in this case.”

Kelley is being charged with reckless driving and driving without a license. Police are currently deciding if they will charge him with intentional battery with a vehicle.

Kelley’s YouTube video was removed following his arrest, but police say they “certainly appreciate” the evidence Kelley provided to them by posting it.

Here is a clip containing excerpts from the video, courtesy of ABC News:

Sources: UPI, Daytona Beach News-Journal