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Unsafe at any speed?

8 January 2014

Must be bad Canuck week here at Mexfiles…  From the Victoria (BC) Times Colonist, via Vancouver Sun.

VICTORIA — The man acquitted of driving a motorcycle up to 299 kilometres an hour on the Trans-Canada Highway through Greater Victoria thinks media coverage of a viral YouTube video may be to blame for him being denied entry to Mexico — twice.

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Scott told the Victoria Times Colonist he was taken into a holding cell and interrogated about his criminal record. He came clean about past weapons charges and an assault charge but didn’t mention the dangerous driving charge. He was never convicted on any of the charges.

“I forgot to mention the dangerous driving because I don’t even consider that criminal or whatever,” Scott said, even though the criminal trial lasted several days and was extensively reported.

Mexican officials said, “motorcycle, motorcycle,” and made throttle-twisting hand gestures, “and I said, ‘Oh, I totally forgot about that.’ ”

Scott was acquitted last fall by Judge Robert Higinbotham, who said he had reasonable doubt as to who was in the driver’s seat. The video, shot from a camera mounted on the motorcycle, showed the bike weaving at high speed through traffic in April 2012. It has been viewed almost 1.8 million times on YouTube.

Scott said he has no idea how officials in Mexico became aware of the Victoria case.

Uh… Youtube, maybe?

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Or… maybe Scott’s “27 driving infractions, five different license suspensions”, driving without insurance and … in the words of one official-looking guy… “extremely  moronic behaviour”, being reported everywhere, the youtube videos … and a couple of weapons violations… might have had something to do with it.

Mexico’s embassy in Canada said immigration authorities may refuse someone entry into the country if “the applicant is subject to criminal process or has been convicted of a serious crime . . . or if the applicant’s background in Mexico or abroad could compromise national or public security.”

Mexican immigration officials — like immigration officials anywhere — can also just decide you’re a dick.   that probably factored into the whole thing, too.

 

 

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