Lisa Monahan, News 9
OKLAHOMA CITY – An internet video posted last December ends with a conviction for an Oklahoma City Corvette driver.
Dee Cody Replogle posted a video attached to a Craigslist ad offering his car for sale. The video also ended up on YouTube. Replogle hoped the video would convince someone to buy his car, but he ended up getting more than he bargained for.
The video shows Replogle racing onto the Kilpatrick Turnpike and dodging cars at up to 195 miles per hour without slowing down.
Even though state troopers did not catch him in the act, they did spot Replogle's speeding video on the internet. And that was enough to issue a warrant for his arrest.
"He is very sorry about what happened and he knows what he did didn't make sense in any scenario," Replogle's attorney, John Coyle, said
Replogle pleaded guilty on a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. Coyle said that, under the circumstances, with the video being available on the internet, Replogle didn't have much choice.
"They present their own evidence against themselves. It's an interesting phenomenon that we see in the practice of law," Coyle said.
Since Replogle's arrest, there have been similar cases in Oklahoma, cases with no police presence, no witnesses or filed complaints. Coyle says these cases are founded solely on information from social media sites.
"Social media has really changed the practice of law," he says. "It's not only caused cases like this one, but it is used as evidence a lot more in court."
Replogle said the incident has taught him a lesson.
"I would say don't go 170 miles per hour because it endangers your own life and the life of others, but, particularly, don't put it on the internet," he said.
Replogle's license has been suspended for 90 days. He must serve 30 hours of community service, pay a $100 fine, and take a defensive driving course.