I think all of us who drive are guilty of driving like a moron at one point or another in our lives… Though maybe it’s mostly young men who are guilty of this. There’s something about getting behind the wheel of a car and having the freedom and power to drive pretty much anywhere that can be simultaneously liberating, and mentally clouding. By that, I mean it can lead to people taking unnecessary risks for their own enjoyment… and sometimes to accidents that cause property damage and injure or kill people.
I’m a young man, but I’m no daredevil behind the wheel… That being said, I can think of a bunch of situations where I did things I probably shouldn’t have. I’m definitely guilty of drifting down public roads on snowy nights when nobody is out driving on occasion. I’d probably still do that now and then but it’s getting more and more rare that I do. How about driving around in a pickup with a friend in the back? I did that a few times in high school (even though I was well educated on how Rick Hansen became paralyzed). Looking back even a couple years after that, I thought to myself how needlessly risky that was. That being said, I’ve had no accidents and my driving record is clean – because I got a little older and a little wiser.
See the thing is, though, of all the stupid things I’ve done behind the wheel over the years – NONE of them are captured on video. I don’t understand why people who are actively going out and knowingly breaking laws feel the need to capture it all on video and share it with friends. We saw it with Afroduck, the Canadian who filmed himself completing the fastest ever lap around Manhattan, and today we’ll look at another instance of that: 27-year-old Blake Willkey.
Back in January, Willkey uploaded this video on YouTube:
At first, you think “Oh sweet, there’s a dude driving around in a tricked out V8 dune buggy…” Then you realize that he’s driving on open public roads with pedestrians and vehicle traffic all over the place – and that’s a perfect recipe for disaster. Doing burnouts on highway on-ramps may SEEM cool, but when you take out the family in the sedan in front of you, you’re probably going to feel like an idiot.
Fortunately, no accidents did happen in the shooting of this and nobody was hurt, but it certainly got the attention of police in San Diego, where it was shot. Apparently his two buddies who shot the video with him snitched, and testifying against him and identifying him as the driver… Not that it would have been hard to figure it out, since his name is plastered on the side of the car.
According to Jalopnik, he was sentenced to 49 days in jail and then house arrest:
The 27-year-old Willkey not only violated his parole stemming from a 2014 reckless driving charge, but he also pleaded guilty to four counts of reckless driving, one count of “illegal exhibition of speed,” and one count of “failure to get a special event permit,” presumably for the whole shooting a wannabe Ken Block video on public streets thing.
Willkey will only spend two weekends of his 49-day sentence physically in jail. The rest will be spent on house arrest. It looks like he got off light, as 10News reports he could have gotten as much as 21 months.
He shared a list of the charges on his own Instagram:
Monday morning at 8 am downtown I will be facing a judge on 26 misdemeanor accounts for the urban assault video. This was not taken lightly by the prosecutor and I hope it won't be to heavy of a burden on me after its all said and done. Do fun, wild, crazy things my friends just don't let them be illegal or if they are don't post them on the Internet! If they make the news you know you're in some shit! I'm not stressing it though, just a small BUMP in the road 😉 #stayrad #getpitted #thankyouforyourtaxdollarstheyarebeingusedverywell #whatajoke
So why might he have thought it was a good idea? My guess is that maybe he was trying to do his own take on one of Ken Block‘s famous Gymkhana videos… But without having the proper clearance or permits. You gotta admit, it is just a tiny bit similar to Block’s San Francisco video:
I guess the moral of the story is this: Don’t drive like a moron on public roads… And if you’re going to, DON’T MAKE A VIDEO OF IT!