Go-kart driver cited after apparent YouTube stunt on California highway
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Go-cart driver and other cars were pulled over in Sherman Oaks following a stunt on Highway 101 that a group of self-proclaimed “YouTubers” were filming early Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Geraty was patrolling the freeway around 2 a.m. when traffic suddenly slowed down. He then saw the small vehicle driving down the slow lane, surrounded by two cars – one in front and one behind, according to CHP’s West Valley division.
They all exited 101 at Woodman Avenue, leading the sergeant to conclude that the cars were escorting the kart.
Geraty stopped all three vehicles and spoke to the group, who admitted it was a stunt to the online video platform, authorities said.
The kart driver was cited for illegal driving / obstructing the driver, while an individual driving one of the cars received a citation for being a minor and driving outside the provisions of his driver’s license, according to the CHP.
“Where do I start with how incredibly dangerous, stupid and illegal this was,” CHP officials said in a Facebook post. “Absolutely no content on social media is worth putting your life or the lives of others in danger.”