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article imageVideo of bad parking leads to hit-and-run charge against teen

By Arthur Weinreb     Jun 24, 2016 in Technology
Vancouver - Charges were laid against an unlicensed teen driver after a video of his difficulty in putting his mother's SUV back into the garage was recorded and posted on YouTube.
On June 16, a parked car in Vancouver sustained damage when struck by another vehicle. The driver of the moving car then fled the scene. Police were advised the car that took off was a Porsche Cayenne SUV but had no further information that would lead them to the driver. As there was property damage only, it was hardly a priority to find the driver.
A 16-year-old unlicensed driver is alleged to have taken his mother's Porsche out for a spin while she was out of the country. When he returned home, he had a lot of difficulty putting the car back in the garage.
One of the people who watched this extremely bad parking exercise, Ron Edgar, recorded it and posted it on YouTube as well as on Facebook and Reddit. The title of the YouTube video is "How to Park Your Porsche in Vancouver" goes on for almost two minutes. The video went viral.
The video shows the Cayenne attempting to get into the one-vehicle garage on an angle. A woman can be seen in the alley where the garage is located laughing and smiling as the driver attempts to park the SUV. The right front tire of the vehicle appears to be shredded. The SUV backs up and then goes forward, hitting the sides of the garage. After almost two minutes of this, the driver revs up the car and manages to get it inside. After the car makes it into the garage, pieces of the rear bumper go flying out into the alley.
In addition to Edgar posting the video on social media, he sent it to the Vancouver Police Department. Police were able to read the license plate and went to talk to the teen.
VPD spokesman, Const. Brian Montague, said the teen admitted to driving and told officers he panicked after hitting the parked car. The unidentified youth has been charged with hit-and-run, driving without due care, and driving without a license. All of these are provincial offences.
Montague also said had the 16-year-old remained at the scene, he would have been charged only with driving without a licence which is a $276 fine. He now faces more costly fines and the damage both to the SUV and the garage will not likely be covered by insurance. If the teen applies for insurance in the future it will really cost him.
Still, he got off lightly. He could have faced criminal charges but police decided to charge him only with provincial offences because there were no injuries.
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