Steven Green pleads guilty to dangerous driving while behind the wheel in his Porsche in an incident caught on video
The driver captured in a much-viewed video spinning his Porsche out of control in Charlottetown last year pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Yet while Steven Green, 32, pleaded guilty to the offence in provincial court, his lawyer Peter Ghiz still tried to provide a defence of sorts.
Ghiz told the judge that Green’s wiener dog that was along for the wild ride actually played a role in the driver losing control of the vehicle.
Provincial Court Judge Jeffrey Lantz didn’t appear too eager to give much weight to what Ghiz described as a possible canine mitigating factor in the short Porsche joyride that has been viewed almost two million times on YouTube.
“It is hard to imagine how a dog would affect the car in that manner,’’ said Lantz.
Motorist Richard Stewart caught the incident last March on a video camera that had been recently installed in his truck.
As Stewart approached the traffic lights with Sears on his left heading east on the bypass highway, Green blasted past on the right in a Porsche coupe.
The camera catches the Porsche rocketing off as the traffic light turns green, then moments later spinning and careening wildly out of control, hitting the median, crossing over to the merge lane, slowing, then careening off again to cross into the oncoming traffic, losing a wheel in the process.
At the scene, Green was issued a ticket and the vehicle was towed. Green was not injured.
Green will be sentenced on Feb. 9.
Steven Green leaves provincial court in Charlottetown after pleading guilty to dangerous driving last year in an incident captured on video of him spinning out of control in his Porsche in the capital city.
This is a screen grab from Richard Stewart's in-vehicle camera shot on Monday, March 30, 2015, when a Porsche coupe careened and spun wildly out of control along the bypass highway at the Sears intersection in Charlottetown.