Video appears to show car going 125mph


Nearly 125mph on a country road-- that's what a video recently posted on social media appears to show a driver doing in Benton County.

But, despite what seems to be a lot of evidence, authorities say it'll be hard to pursue charges.

The more than a minute long segment, which was originally shot with the social media application "Snapchat," starts with a photographer walking around a 2016 Nissan GT-R. It's followed by numerous clips from the passenger seat, showing the car accelerating and squealing its tires.

The driver, whose forearms can be briefly seen, passes cars two at a time, while an in-app speedometer clocks a speed, at times, in excess of 120 mph. The person behind the wheel looks to have been on rural roads, not far from Urbana, as recognizable Benton County landmarks like the Prairie Creek Christian Church on 55th Street are seen out the windshield.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the video was enough to pique its interest. A deputy will be following up after officials received the video, Friday morning. The photographer made things a bit easier for law enforcement-- showing the license plate of the Nissan at the beginning.

"I think somebody that drives like that is just waiting for an accident to happen," said Col. John Stuelke with the Linn County Sheriff's Office after seeing the video.

Experts like Col. Stuelke thought it would be hard for authorities to press charges, despite having what, on first blush, looks like a smoking gun.

After looking the clip over, Col. Stuelke identified numerous hurdles:

1. You can't see who's driving.
2. In most of the video, it's hard to tell where the driver is.
3. While Snapchat says the car is speeding, the colonel says the app can't be trusted as an accurate speedometer.

In fact, about the only violation Col. Stuelke had little doubt of in the video, the tire squealing.

"That would match a careless driver charge," said Col. Stuelke. "A display of speed."

A careless driving charge is only a traffic offense in Iowa, and law enforcement would still need to know who's behind the wheel. "

Our sister station reached out to the person listed online as the vehicle's owner. 
He said he didn't recognize the license plate.

He also denied knowing anything about the Snapchat post, suggesting at one point someone might be trying to frame him.

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