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Speeding Driver Allegedly Filmed Himself Going 118 MPH for YouTube

Feb 14, 2011 – 4:52 PM
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Ben Muessig

Ben Muessig Contributor

Call it "The Fast and the Fantastically Stupid."

Police say a daredevil driver filmed himself grossly exceeding the speed limit on an Oregon interstate with the intention of posting the footage on YouTube.

But before he could wow Web users with his high-speed high jinks, the incriminating video found another attentive audience -- law enforcement officials.

A sheriff's deputy clocked Stanislav Bakanov driving 118 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 5 in south Salem and pulled over the 30-year-old motorist at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday. The suspect reportedly admitted speeding; however, he insisted he was only driving his BMW at speeds between 90 and 100 mph, TV station KATU reported.

But the officer was sure Bakanov was going much faster than that -- and police say they were able to prove it thanks to the camera the suspect had mounted on his windshield.

The suspect reportedly let the officer watch the video, which showed the car's speedometer needle pegged at its top speed before police pulled him over.

Bakanov was charged with reckless driving and fined more than $1,000 for the incident -- reportedly his third speeding offense in the past year.

Read more at KATU.

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