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"Dude: Take your ass back to Hazzard County" 17.02.11

by Linda McGrory

SENSATIONAL footage of a taxi demolishing a phone box in Buncrana has gone viral after being reviewed by a YouTube superstar with nearly three million followers.
The clip - and Buncrana's Main Street - has now been seen by 2.5 million viewers since Ray William Johnson posted it on his popular online channel earlier this week.
It barely had 20,000 hits before InishowenNews.com first featured the footage two weeks ago. This soon spiralled to well over 100,000 hits. But the clip has now well and truly gone global among YouTube's audience of millions.
New York comedian Johnson is the second biggest YouTube tracker with more than 2.7 million subscribers.
He reviews videos from around the world on his Equals Three channel, adding his trademark comic commentary.
In the case of the Buncrana clip, Johnson indulges in some heavy stereotyping about the Irish and alcohol.
As it happens, the 35 year old driver of the vehicle was twice the legal alcohol limit when the accident occurred on April 20, 2009. He pleaded guilty to the offence at Buncrana District Court that May and was disqualified from driving for three years. He also received a 300 euro fine. He had no previous convictions.
Johnson mistakenly thinks the dramatic footage was taken in Northern Ireland rather than the Republic but the US star's intervention means the Derry-born drunk driver who demolished one of Buncrana's last remaining phone boxes is not likely to forget the escapade any time soon.
Johnson quips: "Is it just me, or is this taxi driver having a hell of a time parking his car? This ain't Mario Kart dude. You better take your ass back to Hazzard County!"
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