By on April 8, 2019

This seems like a silly public service announcement to have to make, but it’s imprudent to post videos of yourself breaking traffic laws. Beau Alan Rogel of Rankin County, Mississippi found that out the hard way after live streaming his attempt to break 180 mph in his wife’s 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

In the midst of his feat, a viewer decided to contact police and notify them that Rogel was traveling at excessive speeds, helpfully mentioning where he could be found. The video, which he reposted on YouTube, includes the moment where he is pulled over and (understandably) denies everything he had just been explaining to his audience.

While not arrested at the time, the Rankin County Deputies on scene clearly understand what is happening, commenting that his camera phone is still streaming as they try to interrogate him on the side of the road.

They let him go, but Rogel was arrested shortly thereafter. The Mustang was confiscated so police could pull driving data off the vehicle’s computer.

However, it wasn’t the singular video that got the driver in trouble. According to local reports from WSAZ, in addition to on-road shenanigans, Rogel had also posted images of several firearms — occasionally as part of a sale. Normally, the Second Amendment would make this a non-issue, but Rogel’s status as a felon complicates things. Deputies recovered two weapons from his home and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in addition to the reckless driving charge.

His wife, Christina Ann Rogel, was also arrested. After posting bail, she took to the still-active YouTube account to explain they are getting a divorce and how she desperately tried to prevent him from leaving the house in her car. The video was streamed in a Q&A format and frequently included Mr. Rogel, leading many viewers to suggest that he should stop posting incriminating materials online — which really should have gone without saying.

While the best way to avoid legal scrutiny is to consistently drive within the limits of the law, a good backup plan is to not stream footage of yourself violating those laws when your foot grows heavy. Thanks to the numerous videos, Rogel made it about as easy for authorities to investigate as humanly possible.

Christina received a $2,000 bond while Beau a got $20,000. He’s scheduled to face the Rankin County Grand Jury for his felony charges later this year. Rankin County District Attorney John “Bubba” Bramlett will handle the prosecution.

 

[Image: Ford Motor Co.]

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60 Comments on “Here’s Why We Don’t Post Videos of Ourselves Speeding...”


  • avatar
    FreedMike

    7:33 – “I’ve got a picture of the actual license. The lady at Hooters took it and didn’t give it back.”

    Well, how did I know Hooters would figure into this somehow?

    This guy’s comedy gold.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Now i have to watch the video, to get the context. Hooters?

      I also learned the other day that the Australian term for honking your horn is “hooting”. This from the story about the case where a guy plotted to blow up someone’s car for “hooting” at him in the McDonalds drive-thru.

      So hooters means something else Down Under. What do they call breasts, anyway?

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I’m not what Aussies call them, but at Hooters, I believe the left one is called “cover letter” and the right one is called “resume.”

        The only time I ever ate there, the waitress was missing about seven teeth that I could see. However, the wings weren’t missing a 16-year supply of trans-fats.

        • 0 avatar
          ToddAtlasF1

          Where was that? The first Hooters I ever went to was West Palm Beach in 1996. The waitresses were amazing! The second Hooters I went to was in Baltimore Harbor a year or two later. They looked like modern feminists. I should have stopped there. I had some friends that were borderline regulars. When the Raisins episode of South Park came out, I thought that self-awareness might strike them down. They shrugged it off like MSM liars did the Mueller report.

        • 0 avatar
          krhodes1

          The last Hooters I went to was near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Because it was the only place open when we got there at 1am. I am pretty sure not all the gals were actually gals… The food was terrible.

          Here in FL at my winter digs we have a Hooters and a Denny’s that share a parking lot. They also share a big neon sign – Denny’s Hooters. Which at one point actually read De Hoot s.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Not surprising, this goes to show you cannot fix STUPID .

    I’m ever so glad there weren’t these cameras when I was younger than I am now, I’m just as stupid though…..

    -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Hell, I’m glad there was no camera recording my driving activities yesterday afternoon!

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        Hopefully the films of me doing stupid shit in the 1970’s won’t surface until I’m dead .

        There are cameras every where, I don’t drive any slower but I -do- try to not drive on the sidewalks, toss Motos off bridges/ out of moving trucks and so on anymore…..

        -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      The unfortunate part is that people like this somehow manage to stay ahead of Darwin!

      The fortunate part is that nobody else was taken out!

      if one of those cars would have pulled into his lane, if he didn’t manage to punt them into low-Earth orbit, and least he probably would have gotten them into the flight-levels!

  • avatar
    redgolf

    Go get em Bubba, like most fools on the road sooner or later they will get busted, or killed or worst kill an innocent person or family!

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’m just jealous that some brainless convicted felon in Mississippi had a wife, a GT350, and a bunch of (probably expensive) guns while I have none of that stuff.

    • 0 avatar
      Astigmatism

      Sounds like the wife is available – and she comes with a GT350.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      True, but he also has something you probably don’t: a prison roommate.

    • 0 avatar
      redgolf

      yeah, and you aint in jail, facing “Bubba” and a lot more “Bubbas” when ya get to prison!

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Having lived in deep east Texas for 3 years, I know this type. Yup. Guns, expensive cars (guessing vehicle 2 is a new, pickup truck, likely a bro-dozer). They live in a crumbling trailer with barely functioning air conditions, a couple of sick dogs with no money to see a vet, no health insurance (government got me covered), going to the foodbank (just until I get on my feet) and drinking lots of the cheapest beer money can buy.

      Hopefully, they never breed or take themselves out of the gene poll.

    • 0 avatar
      Mike-NB2

      I’m not sure what this says about me, but that was the exact thing I was thinking the whole time watching this video.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Funny, he doesn’t look Mexican.

    Can we deport this bag of smack in exchange for an established, business owning, home owning, family established, no criminal record illegal???

    I’m all for it.

    • 0 avatar
      bullnuke

      I’m not sure what you’re saying @APaGttH. I see this as we have enough of our own “home-grown” idiots among us to deal with and we surely don’t need allowing non-“home grown” (read:illegal alien) folks to self-import themselves with a resulting further enlarged pool of idiots around us. I would think that a logical person would, using long established federal laws, seek to prevent this increase in the “idiot pool” which endangers other folks from occurring. But that’s just me I guess…

    • 0 avatar
      don1967

      So orange man bad, but controlling who gets to stay in the country on the basis of merit is good?

      • 0 avatar
        Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

        I’m ready to try a full-on meritocracy in this country.

        Then again, an “established, business owning, home owning, family established, no criminal record illegal” likely has little reason to invade the United States.

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          …I’m ready to try a full-on meritocracy in this country…

          I’d suggest reading “Tailspin” by Steven Brill. A great read on what meritocracy hatched in this country…

          • 0 avatar
            Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

            There’s Better and there’s lesser. The latter have been granted far too great an influence in our national discourse.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    “You in a heap o’ trouble, boy!”

  • avatar
    eCurmudgeon

    Genuinely surprised this wasn’t in Florida.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      HA! I had the same thought.

    • 0 avatar
      chuckrs

      We in Florida do our best to amuse the rest of the country.

      Just saw pictures of a weddin’ in Punta Gorda at (not making this up) The Redneck Mud Park. Bride in a white lace bikini, groom is a clean pair of coal bucket overalls, both barefoot. They got hitched standing on the bed of a white pickup, after which the attendees had a good old time. Bet they could test your SUV’s and whatnot’s offroad capabilities better than some effete Canadians.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      No, but he’s from Florida and started his criminal career there.

  • avatar
    dougjp

    Another bottom of the gene pool story, love it.

  • avatar
    SirRaoulDuke

    1. WSAZ is not local to Mississippi. It is located in Huntington, WV.

    2. Why was the wife arrested?

    3. Stop snitching.

    4. Don’t record anything that can incriminate you. What a dummy.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      The wife went ballistic when she was called a “bad mother” by the cops attending. Disorderly conduct or something was her charge. She does have a weapons permit, and the dude in question claims he wasn’t living at the house (separated).

      Youtube suggested his channel a while back, and it’s pure (unintentional) comedy. He previously stole cars, yes for personal use, and it’s basically a channel for showing off and ad/views side money.

      He brags about being a convicted felon, yet working his way up to $75 an hour operating heavy equipment, and made even more cash in the oil fields.

      I’ve never seen so much drama. He claims to have owned over 40 cars and trucks in the last five years or something, not counting the GT350, but including a GT500, new edge Cobra, 1,000 hp modded Mustang GT, over $100K into a (recently stolen) lifted F-350 XLT, all bought/financed new.

      He has a couple videos that went viral and claimed once he is making a million dollars off Youtube revenue would give away a new Lamborghini a year to one of his subs.

      So be careful, his channel is addicting, and not in a good way. More like a train wreck.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Did he live-stream the video, and somebody watching figured out who to contact, or did someone whose doors were ripped off into that ‘Stang’s wake vortices as it went by call the po-po? From the article, it seems to be the former, but WHY anybody would live-stream that is my question!! If a deer would have appeared out the front, I suppose it would have had SOME entertainment value!

      I did watch until he brought the car back down from Vne! I wonder what the shuddering noise was? I hope to whoever that he didn’t just casually hit the brakes at that speed and not expect them to just leave a molten-orange trail behind the vehicle! (Or at least warp them into utter uselessness!)

      • 0 avatar
        DubTee1480

        No deer where he was driving, he was going across the Ross Barnett spillway dam. It’s nice and straight and has guard rails on both sides and I’m surprised no one changed into the lane in front of him. I grew up about 5 miles from there.

        • 0 avatar
          DenverMike

          He thinks someone watching the live stream called it in. Either way he broke the Cardinal Rule. You immediately leave the area, take side roads, park it, walk away, etc. He was just sitting there stopped on the main highway like (bigger) dummy, waiting.

          A cop probably spotted him and would’ve taken minutes to join him. But yeah they didn’t have him on radar or able to pace him obviously. At least he was right not to admit guilt, but the video might be more than enough evidence.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          Hmmm..if he would have had a tire blow or some other catastrophic failure on the car, he probably would have vaulted over the side! Extra points for a barrel-roll, or sideways end-over-end roll!

          How tall is this dam? I suspect that the splashdown after going over the side at 165mph would be..dramatic..to say the least!

      • 0 avatar
        rpn453

        Brakes would be the least of this clown’s worries. The 350’s brake rotors are huge: 15.5″. Car and Driver said they were “inexhaustible” at VIR during Lightning Lap. I’m sure they’d have no problem handling multiple consecutive 0-180-0 mph braking events.

  • avatar
    DEVILLE88

    Shocker “wife posts they are getting a divorce” so maybe his getting busted was,nt so bad after all, if it got rid of an unloyal b*&^% of a wife who can’t stand by her man, even when(and we all do this)he does something stupid.

  • avatar
    DEVILLE88

    And i agree with the Duke……………..STOP SNITCHING AND MIND YOUR OWN FN BUSINESS!!!

  • avatar
    jeoff

    190 at night, with other cars on the road. …and throw away the key.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      Yep. Three kinds of stupid put together (four, if you count live streaming)? Put him away.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      This d-bag makes the six crotch-rocketeers and the GTI that I witnessed on the I-90 inbound to Chicago at 9:00pm on a Sunday evening a couple years ago look like rank amateurs! The bikes were probably doing a buck-forty, while the GTI, one-twenty!

      Less traffic here, thankfully!

  • avatar
    Lockstops

    They should’ve made him livestream everything up to the point of him sitting in jail. That would’ve been educational.

  • avatar
    Mike-NB2

    I’m not sure why, but the fact that this idiot is tearing down the highway at night at 180mph while holding a phone doesn’t annoy me as much as the people droning along in the left lane. Maybe it’s because while I can’t/wouldn’t drive that speed at any time on a public road I do regularly encounter those folks who can’t seem to catch on to driving in the right/correct lane.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Left-lane banditry is an art form in Northwest Ohio, where I live!

      If the police would concentrate on those types of drivers, plus crack down hard on anyone who enters a freeway at more than ten miles under the speed limit, they wouldn’t need to raise the gas tax in Ohio!

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

    More shining examples of my philosophy regarding societal vermin: less jail time, more ‘take ’em out back and shoot ’em in the head.’

  • avatar
    DEVILLE88

    Amazing how many people are here condeming a man for a mistake like others here have never made one. like no one here has ever had the urge to open up their Corvttes,Cmaros.BMW’s and Porches. I’m of no opinion in either way. other than the fact that doing it on a highway with other vehicles close by……….i can’t say anything negative about the act. He should have done this on a road where if anything goes wrong……………..it would only affect him. as for all of you judgemental people………….have you ever been arrested?

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Impounding the car to “download data from the computer”…while his behavior is reprehensible, the fact that “authorities” can take his car and steal the data out of it is even more troubling. We are in a real bad direction in this country when it comes to privacy and data collection.

    • 0 avatar
      DEVILLE88

      You are one of maybe 3 or 4 people here who sees the bigger picture golden2husky, most here are going along with the “program” and not seeing the immense loss of our constitutional rights and freedoms. they would rather hand him over to the same people that are trampling all over our rights as citizens of the United States. i Agree with that his behavior is “reprehensible” but only to the extent that there were other drivers in the vicinity and this should have been done on a lonely highway with no one else around.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Matt Posky writes: “While not arrested at the time, the Rankin County Deputies on scene clearly understand what is happening”

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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