From careless to carless: GTA teen arrested after bragging of reckless behaviour on Web site
In the age of social networking, most people have come to terms with creepy 24/7 on-line peer surveillance; Facebook firings and cyber-bullying are just two well-known examples. Today’s conviction of 19-year-old Vladimir Rigenco for careless driving is another. It all began with a forum post in March on a BMW 5 Series Web site, where the accused, writing under the name bmw550ifreak, bragged about driving at a speed of 140 kilometres an hour through a residential area.
To the forum members’ credit, the immediate response was to chastise the teen for his dangerous and idiotic behaviour. A 24-page back-and-forth of insults (and hilarity) ensues, including one user notifying Rigenco, “Many of us reported you to many local authorities in your area. Your car has been tagged. Enjoy.”
Looks like he wasn’t bluffing after all.