State police stand by trooper’s decision to give warning to speeding YouTube star

State police are standing by a trooper’s decision that sparked a debate on social media.

From what we’ve been able to determine, that Virginia State Police trooper pulled over a driver going too fast on Interstate 81 this past Sunday.

Ed Bassmaster
The driver, a familiar face to many who get their entertainment on from YouTube.

You may have never heard of Ed Bassmaster.  But the edgy comic has nearly 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, many who love his ambush videos threatening to put people on the news.

On Sunday, Bassmaster posted a picture on Facebook and said despite his excessive speed the trooper gave him a warning- a perfectly legal act, according to state police.

“I don’t speed that fast, but I keep up with traffic,” said Jimmie ‘Mountain’ Warden, of Virginia.

“We’ve all sped before,” Nick Burkes, of Bristol, Virginia, said.

YouTube star Ed Bassmaster admitted, he was driving too fast in Virginia last Sunday.  On Facebook he posted a photo with the Virginia State Trooper he said clocked him going 85 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone on his way to Nashville.

That’s enough to be charged with reckless driving.  But Bassmaster said the trooper only warned him, and then admitted he is a fan.

That post triggered more than 500 comments.  Some congratulating Bassmaster. Some southwest Virginians thrilled he was near their town.

Warden said, “he got a little bit recognized, that’s cool. I mean, if you get recognized you get little perks. I think that’s fine.”

But others said, even public figures should pay.  “Anytime I was pulled over and I was speeding, I always got a ticket,” Burkes said. “I never did get a warning.”

We asked a Virginia State Police spokeswoman about it.  She said it’s the trooper’s discretion to warn or cite a speeding driver.  When we asked to see state police policy, she told us there would be “no further comment.”

“I don’t think that’s fair at all,” Burkes said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a star, the governor of the state, or whoever you are, if you’re speeding- you’re just like the rest of us- you should get a ticket.”

Bassmaster followed up on his initial post, surprised that some thought he too should get a ticket. In his words: “cause no one ever deserves a break.”

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