Longboarder Breaks Speed Limit, Spends Night in Jail

What’s the top speed you’ve reached on your long­board? Be hon­est. Maybe 30 or 35 miles per hour, right? And it was prob­a­bly unintentional.

A South African long­board­er named Decio Louren­co record­ed an aston­ish­ing speed of 68 miles per hour dur­ing a ride down Cape Town’s lengthy Kloof Nek road ear­li­er this year — and dur­ing rush hour, no less. No one’s doubt­ing his claim, either; the entire ride was caught on cam­era and uploaded to YouTube, where it has since gar­nered more than 1.3 mil­lion views. Check out the clip below:

You may be won­der­ing how Louren­co’s exact speed was mea­sured. Well, he man­aged to trig­ger a motion-acti­vat­ed speed cam­era dur­ing his lit­tle thrill ride; his top speed was near­ly dou­ble the post­ed speed lim­it. When the video reached the web, local police launched a full-scale inves­ti­ga­tion to catch the perp. They got their man ear­li­er this month; now Louren­co, a pro skater by trade, faces poten­tial crim­i­nal charges. “If we don’t take action against him,” local safe­ty offi­cial Jean-Pierre Smith told New York Dai­ly News,“every oth­er aspi­rant skate­board­er will try it and one of them will come to a sticky end.”

In typ­i­cal skater fash­ion, Louren­co did­n’t seem to under­stand why his stunt was such a big deal. “I’ve been skat­ing down hills from a young age… often going much faster than that,” he told ioL News. “This is the first time I’ve got­ten any atten­tion for it.”

Much faster than that? Often? Okay Decio, now it sounds like you’re exaggerating.