Teen driver arrested after posting breakneck joyride on Youtube

A screengrab taken from the YouTube video posted by the accused.


MONTREAL - Police have arrested a teenager in Quebec after a Youtube video was posted showing a car bobbing and weaving through traffic at breakneck speeds.

The video shows the speedometer hitting 190 km/h as the car hurtles between slower-moving vehicles on Highway 15 in Mirabel, north of Montreal.

The camera appears to show the 18-year-old driver and his two young passengers laughing and cracking jokes about the startled expressions of the other motorists.

At one point, the speed demon veers onto an off-ramp to pass a transport truck on the right.
The car also drives on the shoulder at another point.

Members of the public tipped off police, who picked up the suspect Wednesday.

"The speed is very, very, very high," provincial police spokesman Gilles Pare said as he watched the video in his office.

"I was astonished that there are people who, aside from committing infractions like these, put this footage on the Internet."

The video was posted on June 28 and was taken down Tuesday, but not before police downloaded the clip as evidence.

"In this case, the court could impose a stiff fine, it could also impose a driving ban and also maybe even a prison term," said the police spokesman.

Detectives also met the two passengers, who were not immediately charged.

No names have been released.

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