Plymouth driver soaks children with puddle and uploads video to YouTube
POLICE are considering prosecuting a Plymouth motorist who published a video of herself deliberately driving through a puddle to soak children standing at a bus stop.
Kerry Callard, 29, said she only did it because the children were enjoying it.
She was speaking after being reported to police by people who viewed the video, shot by her partner Alec Goff, 28, in the passenger seat.
The 30-second clip was uploaded to the YouTube website on Thursday, and viewed 500 times. It starts with the voice of a man narrating the journey at the top of Weston Mill Hill, saying: “Here we go, ready to drench the kids.”
As the car reaches the bottom of the hill the driver splashes through a puddle at enough speed to send a wall of water crashing over half a dozen children waiting for a bus, before the man shouts: “That was brilliant! Awesome!” while the driver laughs.
An extract from the YouTube video
The video was met with a storm of protest from concerned YouTube users, who said the driving was illegal, immature and dangerous and sympathised with the children who had been soaked.
It was removed from the site by the user at midnight on Friday, 24 hours after it had been uploaded.
Sgt Gary Watson, from the police response team at Plymouth West Sector, said he had received three complaints about the incident, two from people in Plymouth and one from an Exeter resident, after the footage appeared on the internet on Thursday.
He said he believed a road traffic offence had been committed.
He added: “It could have potentially been that as well as splashing them, they ran them over, and then we would have had six or seven people dead at the roadside.”
Miss Callard, a professional carer from St Budeaux, said yesterday SUN that she had contacted the police herself after realising the furore the video had caused, and was due to give a statement to them.
he added: “The kids were actually playing in the puddle in the road and we went around it the first time.
“The kids were actually calling to us to splash them.”
She said that after driving on, they decided to go back and splash them, and recorded it because it was ‘quite unusual.
“They were having fun in the bad weather,” she said. “The fun factor is mostly gone from life these days but they were playing in puddles, like kids always have done.
“If the kids weren’t saying ‘Splash me, splash me,’ I certainly wouldn’t have done it. I’m not a serial splasher.”
She said the children were standing by the puddle waiting to be splashed, and she did not think that they were even waiting for a bus.
Still images taken from the video uploaded to YouTube
Miss Callard said she had first put the video on her Facebook site, but friends had urged her to publish it more widely.
“It’s the first video I’ve ever uploaded to YouTube,” she said, adding that the description for the clip made it clear that the children had been happy to be splashed.
However, the description also stated: “A rainy afternoon in Plymouth (bottom of Weston Mill Hill). Huge puddle. Me driving, my man recording... drowned a bunch of school kids at the bus stop... was so good in fact, that we turnt (sic) around and done it again!!!”
Asked if she regretted the incident, she said: “I regret the fact that it’s gone too far.”
Driving through a puddle and soaking pedestrians is a criminal offence. In 2005 a Yeovil man was fined £150 and had three points added to his licence after driving through a 2in puddle at 10mph, soaking a workman’s trousers.
Last year a woman in Manchester failed her driving test after accidentally splashing a woman standing at a bus stop. An AA spokesman said: “Driving fast through standing water is inconsiderate and illegal. You could face a hefty fine and between three and nine penalty points if police believe you were driving without reasonable consideration to other road users.”
Police last night confirmed Miss Callard had voluntarily attended a police interview.
Investigating officer Pc Steve Wilson said he could not rule out the possibility of prosecution, adding that inquiries were continuing.