Speed freaking

Well, this is what the story says, anyway:

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers arrested a man after they received a YouTube video link showing the 30-year-old driving over 190 mph on the Kilpatrick Turnpike on Monday, December 20.

Dee Albert Replogle was arrested Monday night on two counts of reckless driving and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

The YouTube videos show Replogle driving his super-charged Chevy Corvette over 190 mph on the Kilpatrick Turnpike and on I-235 Monday afternoon.

I could believe that, maybe, on the Kilpatrick. But on I-235? Wall-to-wall Walmart trucks? Not even in Joe Walsh’s Maserati.

And I can assure you that if I should find it necessary to reduce as much as possible the travel time between Point A and Point B, I will not find it necessary to invite a video camera along for the ride.

10 comments

  1. unimpressed »

    23 December 2010 · 9:01 pm

    Apparently they’ve pulled the video off of YouTube. I can’t find it.

  2. CGHill »

    23 December 2010 · 9:11 pm

    News9 (see the link in the original) has some of the footage in their own video.

  3. Jeffro »

    23 December 2010 · 10:02 pm

    Someone reposted it.

    I’m all for wringing out the ol’ hot rod once in a while, but broad daylight on a fairly busy turnpike/interstate? Plus taking video and posting on YouTube?

    Even so, I enjoyed the sound of enraged small block Chevy power.

  4. Dan B »

    24 December 2010 · 1:16 am

    If you really want to open the car up, the Nowhere Road (OK 3 between the eastern edge of the Panhandle and Bryan’s Corner) would be a better place. It’s an about 50 miles with the only curve being the curve of the earth itself.

  5. Jeffro »

    24 December 2010 · 2:56 am

    Dan B: You said it – between Bryan’s Corner and the Log Cabin Corner there is a whole lotta nothing. There is a section or two with new pavement, but I wouldn’t recommend high speed runs considering how rough some of that stretch is. Seventy in a truck is about too fast.

  6. Francis W. Porretto »

    24 December 2010 · 5:38 am

    Replogle? Of the family famous for its globes?

  7. Deb S. »

    24 December 2010 · 11:03 am

    Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get this policing by proxy stuff. Should they have looked him up for a chat, sure. Absolutely, in fact. For nothing more than to issue maybe a warning that they’re on to his shenanigans or maybe suggest a better, less problematic site for such. But an arrest? Never. No way.

    I would hope a judge has the clarity of thought to discern the silliness involved in making an arrest when the actual real-time event was not witnessed by police officers.

  8. CGHill »

    24 December 2010 · 11:05 am

    If this goes to trial, it should be, um, interesting.

  9. Charles Pergiel »

    24 December 2010 · 11:40 am

    Seems to be a new form of bragging rights. It’s one thing to say I drove my car a zillion miles an hour. It’s a step up to take a video of it, but getting a ticket, now you’re talking buckwheat! What you got there is proof-positive that you and your car actually went that fast. The $1000 ticket? Small change compared to what went into the car.

  10. CGHill »

    24 December 2010 · 11:53 am

    Rumor has it that the videos were produced as a sales tool, to justify the presumably-lofty price being asked for the vehicle.

    There exists on YouTube a video of the gauges of an I30 during a 0-60 test run; what’s most interesting, to me anyway, is not the actual acceleration figure (7.1 seconds), but the presence of the dreaded orange Service Engine Soon light.

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