YouTuber SpaztasticTV has less than 200 subscribers on his channel. Unfortunately for him, some of the people watching him are those who can arrest him for what he’s posted.
Matthew Mitchell, 27, was arrested and charged with reckless driving after the Utah Highway Patrol said it used his YouTube videos for evidence. According to KUTV, Mitchell faces a total of nine charges, including reckless driving, improper lane operating, and tailgating. It’s not the first time YouTube’s led to an arrest.
Trooper Tosh Bennet said Mitchell’s YouTube channel laid out the case for the prosecution.
“[Mitchell] basically handed me the case in a neat little folder and all I had to do was put it onto paper and screen it with our prosecutors,” Bennett said, via KUTV.
The Gephardt Daily reported that officers looked at a video posted April 12 that’s still on Mitchell’s alleged channel. On that video titled “Impala Drivers Suck,” a dashcam shows the YouTuber traveling south on I-15 in Utah and growing frustrated with the car in front of him in the left-hand lane.
“If you accelerate one more fucking time and speed up to the car in front of you, I’m going to full throttle ram your ass,” the YouTuber said during the video.
While passing the Chevy Impala, the YouTuber admitted to swerving at that vehicle before speeding by more than a dozen cars who were spread out across the highway in the span of about 20 seconds.
When he was done, the driver said, “I win, bitch.”
After Mitchell apparently posted the video on the Roadcam subreddit, his fellow car enthusiasts ripped him.
The police were also paying attention.
“Basically, we used the YouTube channel to identify the individual posting videos online of himself reckless driving,” Bennett said. … “There were some videos where he appeared to be boastful or proud of his driving patterns … Normally, people want to shy away from it or hide their recklessness.”