Edinburgh: Popping Wheelies on YouTube
When traveling abroad, or going anywhere for that matter, we strongly advise you not to partake in fountain jumping, security guard taunting, or popping wheelies on a motorcycle in the town square. And if, for whatever reason, you do break a rule or two, don’t videotape yourself doing it and post it on YouTube!
A 34-year-old Edinburgh man did just that, racing around town at an average speed of 112 mph on a Yamaha R1 motorcycle. He was also seen “doing wheelies and driving at 170mph in East Lothian at the end of last year,” according to the BBC. Seen, that is, by visitors to YouTube. (Sorry, the link has been taken down!)
Chief Inspector Kenny Buchanan of Lothian and Borders Police said, “Allowing footage of it to be posted on a public website is a sure-fire way of getting caught.” Thanks to YouTube, police were able to clearly identify the motorcyclist. Authorities also believe the man achieved one of the highest speeds ever recorded by Lothian and Borders Police.