An Australian YouTuber was charged with 11 traffic infringements after police found videos of 'careless driving' on his social media

An Australian YouTuber was charged with 11 traffic infringements after police found videos of 'careless driving' on his social media
YouTuber Sammy Eyles being stopped by police.
Sammy Eyles was stopped by police for driving a "clown car".TikTok: @sammyeyles, Sammy Eyles
  • Sammy Eyles has over 234,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel where he modifies vehicles.

  • In May 2022 he posted a TikTok that showed him being stopped by police while driving a "clown car."

  • Eyles' property was searched by police in September and he was charged with 11 driving offenses.

Australian YouTuber Sammy Eyles was charged with nearly a dozen driving offenses, including careless driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, news.au reported.

The 29-year-old gained a following of over 234,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel "Built Not Bought" by uploading videos that featured vehicle modifications and vehicle-related stunts.

On December 5, Queensland Police published a statement that said a "Sunshine Coast man" had been charged with multiple offenses after he "allegedly performed several dangerous maneuvers in a heavily modified vehicle" and uploaded the videos to social media.

The statement did not mention the man by name, but included an image of a vehicle featuring the branding "Silly SID," which was driven by Eyles on his TikTok account, in multiple videos that had over 1 million views each.

In a TikTok posted on May 9, Eyles filmed himself driving "Silly SID" on a road before being pulled over by police who asked if the car was registered. Eyles said it wasn't registered and was "a bit of a toy car." In a follow-up video, the police took a photo of the vehicle and let Eyles drive away.

After videos of a car crashing and rolling down an embankment were shared on social media, the police "commenced an investigation into the man's online activity."

On September 30, police executed a search warrant for Eyles, and removed several vehicles from his property.

Then, earlier this week, officers arrested Eyles and charged him with 11 offenses in connection with the vehicles, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, careless driving, driving a defective vehicle, and driving unrestrained.

Highway Patrol investigators also "attended several addresses of people who allegedly appeared in and contributed to the videos" and issued 70 Traffic Infringement Notices to "nine alleged participants" and a series of fines that amounted to $27,800 AUD ($18,610 USD).

Two vehicles were seized by police, including a "clown car," and Eyles is reported to have commented on the incident in a social media post where he said his hard drives, computers, and cameras had been taken, according to news.com.ai.

Queensland Police said they will continue to target and take action against anyone engaging in high-risk activities with unsafe vehicles, and investigations are set to continue, with further Traffic Infringement Notices "likely to be issued and additional offenses detected."

"Putting not only your own life at risk but those of your mates for the sake of social media notoriety is childish and selfish behavior," Sunshine Coast District Superintendent Craig Hawkins said in the Queensland Police statement. "Sharing these antics with his large contingent of online followers has come at a significant financial cost, both in fines and the loss of vehicles."

Eyles did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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