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Old 08-11-2010, 08:48 AM   #1
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Speeder Convicted from Messageboard Boasting

This BMW driver should have thought twice before bragging on an online message board about speeding profusely on residential streets. Not only did he post bragging about it, but apparently included pictures and a video, EPIC FAIL

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/sto...iction658.html

The good news is the forum members "lambasted" him and eventually reported his speeding to the authorities. Which due to the video and picture evidence, landed this dude in some hot water.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:34 AM   #2
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Another idiot caught by his own posting ! This is epic ! When will people wake up an realise how many people see this stuff !
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:39 AM   #3
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:40 AM   #4
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He filmed it??? LMFAO
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:43 AM   #5
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thats awesome, keep it on the track!
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:06 PM   #6
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I didn't know that he filmed it but he did mention specifics like the actual street name that he was speeding down. Of course there were a ton of residents on that street that wanted this idiot dealt with so there was no shortage of stories to corroborate what he posted. Wasn't he like 19?? Morons like that are the exact reason I tell my wife to be very careful every time she leaves the house.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:26 PM   #7
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Forum blogger charged after bragging about racing in a thread.

Speeding boast online costs 19-year-old his licence

August 11, 2010

Amy Dempsey
Torstar News Service


Watch your driving — and your mouth.
That’s the lesson a 19-year-old Vaughan man is learning after he boasted online about driving 100 km/h over the speed limit and was charged with careless driving.
York Regional police said Vladimir Rigenco pleaded guilty to the charge and has been banned from driving for six months. He was also sentenced to 12 months probation, must take part in a remedial driving program and pay a $1,000 fine.
At his home in Vaughan on Tuesday evening, Rigenco said the police couldn’t prove he was driving 140 km/h in a 40 km/h zone.
“They can’t prove anything — it’s just a forum,” he said.
When asked how he felt about all the attention, he replied: “How do you think I feel? Famous for something stupid.”
Police said Rigenco admitted to posting under the username “bmw550ifreak” on the BMW fan site 5 Series Forums.
On March 16 that user started a discussion thread called: “Going 140 km/h on a 40 zone.” That zone was a subdivision in Vaughan.
“The title says it all basically,” Rigenco wrote.
He described in detail how he stopped his 2006 BMW M5S on Apple Blossom Dr. and then floored it.
“I hit 140 in like 6 or less seconds lol,” he wrote.
Rigenco also posted about challenging another vehicle to a race on Dufferin St. “I cant stop racing with this car,” he wrote.
Rigenco was slammed by outraged forum members who were not impressed with his boastful post.
“It's really not something to be bragging about, I have a son and I worry about drivers like you,” one user wrote.
“There is a clear and present danger on the streets of Toronto,” another forum member wrote.
“Buddy. . . i think you are terribly misguided here. The fact that you knowingly pulled into a subdivision and did this, is just downright stupid.”
Following the negative reaction, Rigenco apologized and expressed regret in numerous posts throughout the 24-page thread.
“I drive everyday on my M5 and think about this thread it frustrates me, because I know I should have not done what I did,” Rigenco wrote. “I am driving as careful as I can now.”
At least one forum comment came from a person who claimed to be walking down Apple Blossom Dr. with their son when Rigenco sped down the street.
“If I ever see you speeding down the neighbourhood again, the cops are going to be the least of your worries!!!”
Police said a 5 Series Forums member from the U.S. tipped them off about Rigenco. One of the last posts in the thread is a note from an officer.
“Any witnesses that wish to come forward on Apple Blossom Drive, Vaughan about the dangerous operation of 2006 BMW M5S please contact Sergeant Morash, of York Regional Police.”
Rigenco’s reaction — a simple, alarmed “um” — follows in another post.
“Just looking at forums is obviously not enough, so an investigation was launched,” said Const. Serguei Barmakov.
He said police canvassed the neighbourhood and found a person who had witnessed the speeding incident and was willing to give a statement. Soon after, they found Rigenco.
“He knew it was coming and he was remorseful for his actions,” Barmakov said.
Barmakov said the Apple Blossom Dr. incident wasn’t an isolated occurrence — many of Rigenco’s neighbours were concerned about his driving.
Rigenco also admitted to smoking marijuana and started a thread about a car accident he said he was involved in with his BMW a few weeks after the speeding incident. Barmakov said police didn’t have enough evidence to pursue charges for either of these things.
Rigenco was originally charged with stunt driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle — charges which, if he was convicted, could have left him with a criminal record.
Fortunately for Rigenco, said his lawyer Aaron Spektor, those charges were dropped. Spektor called the case “bizarre” and said his client learned a lot from the embarrassment.
“He feels really stupid,” Spektor said.
Spektor describes Rigenco as a brilliant student who was offered scholarships from Ryerson, York and the University of Toronto. He wants to be a pilot. Spektor said Rigenco’s parents, who don’t know much about cars, bought the M5 for him as a reward for doing well in school. He said the parents just didn’t know any better.
“What business does he have behind the wheel of an M5? A 500-horsepower car?”
“Suffice it to say, it’s gone. He doesn’t have it anymore. They took it.
- Torstar News Service

http://www.thespec.com/News/Ontario/article/824101
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:29 PM   #8
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:30 PM   #9
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I'm glad he got caught. He put the safety of others in jeopardy.

Wanna race? Go to a track.

I'm glad this place doesn't tolerate those people. Although some of you have posted a couple of these kinds of threads. It's dangerous and has deadly consequences. Hopefully this deters a few people. And saves a few lives.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:32 PM   #10
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For my friends in the USA, 140kph in a 40 is the equivalent of going 87mph in a 25.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:37 PM   #11
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What a tool. Glad he got what he deserves. The street I live on has a 30 mph limit, people go over 40 on it all the time. I get nervous every time my kids play in the front yard.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:37 PM   #12
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Wow, serves him right. Stupid thing to race, and then brag about it on the WORLD WIDE WEB. Who knows how many members even on here are cops (that we don't know are cops).
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:40 PM   #13
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Guess we should think twice about what we post. Never know who is going to be reading it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:42 PM   #14
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In the US they would not be able to charge him for that. You can Say/Write anything you want and unless under oath it is not evidence to arrest/charge someone. If he didnt post pics/video of the event it would go no further.

That being said, racing or exceeding safe speeds is not OK on public streets and this site should continue to enforce the rules against posting about that.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:48 PM   #15
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Stupid and immature yes.

Pressing charges fully based on what was stated on a public forum with no video proof is insane.

People state stuff all the time that is not true on forums.

What caught him is he plead guilty. If he stated he lied or playing they could not press charges.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:49 PM   #16
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I am happy that no one was hurt and thrilled the police were able to do something about it.

Everything posted or emailed can come back to haunt you....
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:53 PM   #17
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Stupid and immature yes.

Pressing charges fully based on what was stated on a public forum with no video proof is insane.

People state stuff all the time that is not true on forums.

What caught him is he plead guilty. If he stated he lied or playing they could not press charges.
Where did you get there was no proof? They even said they would not have proceeded if his own neighbors hadn't come forward and given statements.

There were two other items he posted about that they couldn't find proof or witnesses for so they didn't press charges.

He didn't plead guilty out of the goodness of his heart.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:54 PM   #18
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Stupid and immature yes.

Pressing charges fully based on what was stated on a public forum with no video proof is insane.

People state stuff all the time that is not true on forums.

What caught him is he plead guilty. If he stated he lied or playing they could not press charges.
The post wasn't enough evidence. But a witness came forward and gave a statement. They charged him criminally and he plead down to a lesser, non-criminal charge. He did it, got caught and deserves worse. All he got was a fine and a 1-year driving suspension.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:58 PM   #19
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I may speed sometimes but NEVER EVER in a residential street. I'm glad they took the car away and he should be limited to 100hp or less until he has kids of his own.
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In the US they would not be able to charge him for that. You can Say/Write anything you want and unless under oath it is not evidence to arrest/charge someone. If he didnt post pics/video of the event it would go no further.

That being said, racing or exceeding safe speeds is not OK on public streets and this site should continue to enforce the rules against posting about that.
Actually, facebook is becoming a favorite tool for police across the US. Also there are limits to what you can post about, threats and commission of crimes can be acted upon by local police.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...011202226.html

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...cal&id=5890815

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/2006...e-facebook-him
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Stupid and immature yes.

Pressing charges fully based on what was stated on a public forum with no video proof is insane.

People state stuff all the time that is not true on forums.

What caught him is he plead guilty. If he stated he lied or playing they could not press charges.

The eye witness that was willing to put forth a statement certainly helped. The more serious charges were dropped most likely because of the lack of evidence aside from a solitary statement.

You can say whatever you'd like on forums and generally it's very difficult to hold it against you in a legal manner, however if someone in the community files a complaint and you plead guilty, it certainly adds fuel to the fire.
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That's insane that he was tracked down off of a forum...that's what he gets for speeding through a residential area at that speed, just plain stupid to do something like that.
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Actually, facebook is becoming a favorite tool for police across the US. Also there are limits to what you can post about, threats and commission of crimes can be acted upon by local police.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...011202226.html

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...cal&id=5890815

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/2006...e-facebook-him
That's completely different, making threats is illegal referred to as Assault.

A traffic violation on the other hand has to be witnessed by a LEO in order for the violation to have happened. It's a moving violation, which would be different than leaving the scene or something of that nature.

Must be a Canadian thing to bust someone of traffic on hear say ...
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That's completely different, making threats is illegal referred to as Assault.

A traffic violation on the other hand has to be witnessed by a LEO in order for the violation to have happened. It's a moving violation, which would be different than leaving the scene or something of that nature.

Must be a Canadian thing to bust someone of traffic on hear say ...
I agree I mean the kid is an idiot and you should never ever speed, most of all in a residential area. With that said the kid could have gotten out of it. A forum post is not sufficient evidence to convict someone of a crime. I understand that there was a witness that would testify that they saw a M5 speeding in the area however that is circumstantial evidence and there was no proof that it was his M5. My guess is that the police intimidated him during questioning and got him to confess to it because the kid just didn't know any better.
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