Looking to create a YouTube video worthy of two million-plus views and unworthy of getting arrested by police, 18-year-old video prankster Charles Ross decided to do an acrobatic flip over two Sarasota County sheriff’s deputies who were sitting on a park bench in Sarasota, Fla.
He accomplished only one of his goals.
The video, uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, has already gotten more than two million views, however, it also landed Ross in a pair of cuffs.
After landing the impressive flip without touching the cops, one of the unamused deputies told him “the next time you do this we will be forced to do something.”
Ross acknowledged their warning and told them he understood. But once one of the deputies realized he had recorded the stunt, he completely changed his tone.
“Because you just filmed that, I’m about to ruin your day and erase it,” the cop said.
“No you’re not,” Ross replied. When he went after his camera, the two deputies tackled him to the ground and handcuffed him.
Watch the video below:
While the stunt was certainly ill-advised, did the 18-year-old, identified as Charles Ross by WWMT-TV, really break any laws?
Deputy Chris Shale, of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department, told TheBlaze that Charles Ross was arrested on Nov. 10 of 2012 at 948 Beach Road in Sarasota, the same location where he says the video was filmed. He was charged with both culpable negligence and resisting arrest without violence.
According to Florida state law, culpable negligence is described as the following:
(1) Whoever, through culpable negligence, exposes another person to personal injury commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(2) Whoever, through culpable negligence, inflicts actual personal injury on another commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(3) Whoever violates subsection (1) by storing or leaving a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a minor commits, if the minor obtains the firearm and uses it to inflict injury or death upon himself or herself or any other person, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. However, this subsection does not apply:
(a) If the firearm was stored or left in a securely locked box or container or in a location which a reasonable person would have believed to be secure, or was securely locked with a trigger lock;
(b) If the minor obtains the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person;
(c) To injuries resulting from target or sport shooting accidents or hunting accidents; or
(d) To members of the Armed Forces, National Guard, or State Militia, or to police or other law enforcement officers, with respect to firearm possession by a minor which occurs during or incidental to the performance of their official duties.
It appears the deputies feel the prank exposed them to potential personal injury.
Shale was unable to find out if Ross served jail time or whether the case was still pending. Ross was also arrested for battery in January for giving people wedgies outside the Carmike Royal Palm 20 movie theater in Bradenton, Fla.