2 charged in 'car surfing' video

Last updated 17:28 29/07/2014
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DANGEROUS STUNT: Video showed the man riding on the back of a car at 60 kph.

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Police have charged two men for "car surfing", after a video of the "stupid" and "dangerous" act appeared on YouTube.

A video posted to YouTube on Sunday showed a man clinging to the hood of a car as it drove through Tauranga at 60kmh. The footage was filmed by a person travelling in the car directly behind the so-called surfer.

Following a police investigation, Western Bay of Plenty Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair said today two 24-year old local men volunteered themselves to the Tauranga police station. 

One has been charged with dangerous driving and the other has been charged with being party to dangerous driving. 

The men will appear in Tauranga District Court on Friday August 1.

Wright-St Clair condemned the men's actions as "stupid and dangerous behaviour". In addition to the obvious lack of regard for personal safety, such thoughtlessness created a significant hazard for other innocent motorists, he said.

He encouraged anyone who witnessed this type of activity to contact police immediately. 

"While instances of 'car surfing' are not common, there is no place for this type of mindless behaviour on our roads."

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