Spanish police arrest man who live-streamed driving at 195kph
10 May 2016, 11:31
Madrid - Spanish police have arrested a young man who
live-streamed video of himself driving at nearly twice the speed limit, forcing
other drivers to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit, police said on Monday.
The man posted several videos he made on his mobile phone
using the live-streaming app Periscope which show his harrowing top-speed
driving on roads in Madrid at night, police said in a statement.
In one clip he is seen driving on a ring road that
surrounds the Spanish capital at over 195km per hour in an area where the speed
limit is 100kph, it added.
"Let's go, 200 without any problem. Let's go. Let's
go," he can be heard saying in the video as his car quickly approaches
Police arrested the man in Rivas-Vaciamadrid located just
southeast of Madrid after receiving several complaints from people who had seen
Authorities said he was charged with dangerous driving,
but did not release the date of his arrest.
"Besides the danger posed by driving while using his
mobile telephone in videos that lasted over 16 minutes, the detainee performed manoeuvres
at high speed that forced other drivers to switch lanes to avoid collisions on
at least four occasions," the statement said.
The authorities said it is the first time that someone
has been arrested in Spain for a crime involving Periscope, which allows anyone
to live-stream an event through their mobile phones.
Viewers of Periscope videos can participate by sending
cartoon hearts across the video feed and typing comments which scroll across
the screen for all to see.