Wednesday, July 17, 2013
A Goose Creek man turned himself in after posting a video to YouTube that showed him driving a motorcycle recklessly through traffic at speeds believed to be up to 118 mph.
Tyler Denniston, 22, of Goose Creek, surrendered July 10 to GCPD after being issued two arrest warrants for reckless driving, according to information released by GCPD.
Denniston was booked and transported to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center where he had a bond hearing. He received a PR bond of $445 for each reckless driving charge and was released, according to the jail’s records department.
At about 6:30 p.m. on May 17 a citizen called GCPD in regard to a reckless driver, according to an incident report. The citizen said it was a blue and white motorcycle.
Upon further investigation, an officer found a video taken by the suspect’s helmet camera that was posted to YouTube with the screen name “Tyler D.” The title of the video was “Road Rage in Goose Creek.”
On the video Denniston is seen riding his motorcycle on Redbank Road. The suspect drives between two vehicles and a verbal argument begins between the suspect and one of the drivers in a white vehicle. The suspect backs off and a video caption states here, “You’re going on YouTube.”
The suspect is then heard loudly revving his engine before he drives between the two vehicles and passes them in a move known as “lane splitting,” according to the report.
An affidavit states Denniston changed lanes in an intersection unlawfully and recklessly. The suspect has a distinctive tattoo on his forearm that can be seen in the video.
He then passed five vehicles at a high rate of speed before entering North Charleston Police Department jurisdiction. He is stopped by an NCPD officer for a field interview, admits to the altercation and is then released.
In a separate incident on June 21, the same suspect is seen popping a “wheelie” on Redbank Road. Further investigation led to another YouTube video posted by user “Tyler D” titled, “Who Stops for Goose Creek City Police.”
In the video the suspect is seen popping a wheelie and antagonizing drivers in the lane next to him.
In the video a marked GCPD patrol vehicle is seen slowing down. The text in this part of the video reads, “Uh oh… I think he wants to turn around on me. Decision decisions!”
Later in the video screen shots of the speedometer indicate speeds of 100 mph and 118 mph before the suspect turns onto NAD Road.
As of press time the videos had been removed from YouTube.
Denniston is scheduled to appear in Goose Creek Municipal Court on Aug. 14 at 8:30 a.m.