Driver seen in video performing tricks sentenced

Posted at 1:50 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 17:52:11-04

A motorist man was sentenced to jail Monday for driving recklessly all over San Diego -- actions that were captured on video.

Blake Wilkey, 27, pleaded guilty to four counts of reckless driving, one count of illegal exhibition of speed and one count of failure to get a special event permit. He also violated terms of his probation stemming from a 2014 reckless driving charge.

He was identified as the driver of a modified Volkswagen Beetle in an online video called "Urban Assault: San Diego Shark Attack," in which he's seen off-roading and performing other stunts on freeway on-ramps, streets and parking lots in San Diego.

Wilkey will have to serve 49 days in jail, but he could have received a 21-month term. He was ordered to spend two weekends in jail and serve the remainder of his custody on electronic home detention.

Wilkey may have his driver's license suspended for at least six months, said City Attorney spokesman Gerry Braun, citing Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

City Attorney's Office prosecutor Mark Skeels said Wilkey deserves jail time for putting lives at risk with the kind of driving he did. He called Wilkey's sentence "fair."

"It looks like something fun, but anytime you drive in a way that endangers children or other motorists, that will attract the attention of law enforcement," Skeels added.

10News learned two people who helped Wilkey make the video testified against him and confirmed to authorities that he was the driver in the footage.

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