Many seek fame — or notoriety — through social media. There’s nothing quite like having one’s actions go viral and catch the attention of thousands, if not millions of people around the world.
That’s all wonderful, of course, but when the actions are crimes, it’s not so wonderful. This is what a Saudi driver has discovered upon being arrested for hit-and-run driving in Riyadh, Saudi Gazette reports.
RIYADH — Police in Riyadh have arrested a driver for hitting a number of spectators while recently joyriding in Janadriyah, Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The suspect was driving a yellow Nissan and sped away after the incident.
Saudis angered by the video clip asked the police to track down the driver and punish him for his total disregard for the safety of others.
Police spokesman Hassan Al-Hassan said the video clip helped the homicide department and research teams of the traffic police to nab the suspect and confiscate the car he had dumped behind a rest house in the Thumamah district.
Increasingly — as the use of social media increases — US courts are using it as evidence. While it may be ‘unlucky’ to be caught on camera, there’s a stunningly large number of cases where the culprits themselves post evidence of their crimes on their own web pages, Facebook, and YouTube accounts.