If wrecking your car via massive drift fail isn’t enough of a deterrent for you then maybe an arrest will. That’s what should be going through your mind when you’re exiting a Cars & Coffee. 19-year-old Tahj Turnley didn’t get this warning when he left a Cars & Coffee event held in Thoroughbred 20 Theatre parking lot on March 4 in Nashville. He took his blends-in-with-the-crowd-very-well, decade old, V6 Dodge Charger and almost lost control of the car as he exited via drift. The crowd, sensing danger and seemingly conditioned after seeing many drift fails on YouTube, jumped out of the way of what could have been a massive disaster.
According to the Franklin Police Department:
In this video, Turnley is seen driving with total disregard for the safety of bystanders, many of whom had to take evasive action to avoid being run over. The vehicle Turnley was driving can be seen here, leaving the roadway and skidding onto the grass where a crowd had gathered. Franklin Police Officers used this video, posted on social media, to help identify Turnley.
Charged with Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, Turnley is free on the $5,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court 05/04/2017 at 1:00 pm.
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The video was uploaded by the Franklin Tennessee YouTube Channel. It’s uncertain whether the video was recorded under the auspices of the government and setup to record unruly behavior. Regardless, this needs to be a reminder for all the dumb drivers out there: if wrecking your car and putting lives in danger isn’t enough, the next time you do it might lead to an arrest. According to a lawfirm’s description of the magnitude of this crime:
Reckless endangerment can be a Class A misdemeanor OR a Class E felony if the endangerment was committed with a deadly weapon. A vehicle can be considered a deadly weapon for purposes of aggravating the charge to a felony. As a misdemeanor, reckless endangerment only carries up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500 if convicted whereas a Class E felony carries a possible prison term of up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Lawyer up, dude.