It didn’t take long for people to start posting YouTube videos capturing the low-speed chase featuring a motorist on a forklift trying to outrun Fort Worth police earlier this week.
Here’s the most notorious footage (foul language alert!), which was shot by Nathan Lowery while following the police chase. He and a friend give a running commentary during the chase and, at one point, give directions to another driver who pulls up beside them.
Fort Worth police are now reportedly grousing about Lowery’s video and considering citing him for pursuing the chase and possibly endangering others. However, police hadn’t taken any action by this afternoon. When asked if any action is forthcoming, police spokesman Sgt. Pedro Criado said, “No update today.”
I’ll bet a six-pack and a forklift that police won’t do squat to Lowery.
Police everywhere would probably love to make it illegal for citizens to video them at work. Just ask Rodney King.
Lowery wrote on YouTube that nobody can use his video without permission and he threatened violators with prosecution. However, he left the embed function available, which, according to YouTube rules, gives others permission to embed the video. So I embedded it on Blotch.
I’ve emailed Lowery to discuss the video and possible police action against him, and if he returns the call I’ll post his response.