British YouTuber duo TGF have been convicted in court over an ‘Extreme Driving Test’ video they produced showing them recklessly driving a Renault Clio.
TGF, which has 6 million subscribers on YouTube and features pranksters Jay Swingler (pictured left) and Romell Henry (centre), posted the video in March 2020. It racked up 8 million views but was later deleted , although it has been re-uploaded by several channels like this.
It shows them going up grass edges, driving without holding the steering wheel, ripping off a rear-view mirror and an indicator stick (before singing “fuck the indicator”), driving fast and slow, doing backing into another car and flipping the car on its side – all while cracking jokes and generally having fun in the car.
The pair took turns driving in the video with instructor Richard Percival (pictured right), and their antics continually hurt him, leading him to yell at them and tell them to drive more carefully .
Jay Swingler, half of TGF, said having to watch the video in court in front of a judge was the most embarrassing experience of his life.
They both pleaded guilty to careless driving, reports the Shropshire Star, and were each fined £1,000 and given five points each on their driving licences. They were also ordered to pay £95 in court costs. Richard Percival will be sentenced at a later date.
TGF defendant William Douglas-Jones said the couple took steps to prevent risks to other drivers during filming, such as having ‘safety’ cars in front and behind the Renault Clio, which also helped film the video.
Judge Anthony Lowe said their antics were “remarkably stupid, immature and irresponsible”.
The judge added:
He said the YouTubers should have gotten permission from the police and the local council first.
TGF has produced a series of viral videos over the years, including one which saw Jay Swingler stick a microwave to his head with concrete, resulting in emergency services assistance and newspaper coverage. nationals.
Jay Swingler will also take part in a YouTuber boxing match against Cherdleys on October 15, 2022 in Sheffield, as part of the MF & DAZN X series.
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