Speeder Arrested In Talladega Nights Shirt Just Wanted To Go Fast

Screencap via Talladega Nights trailer; mugshot via WCAX

Maybe it’s not the best idea to wear a shirt that proclaims “If you ain’t first, you’re last” if you plan to hit triple-digit speeds on the freeway. (Maybe.)

22-year-old Burlington, Vermont, resident Jason Yu was pulled over for doing triple-digit speeds on Interstate 89 near the town of Georgia, which is not in the state of Georgia, but is also in Vermont, reports WCAX. Yu was wearing a shirt that references one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of our time: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.


Police cited Yu for 100 miles an hour in a 65 MPH zone, per the Vermont State Police press release, which is high enough to qualify under Vermont’s definition of “excessive speed.” He was ultimately released on a citation to appear in court for careless and negligent operation.

Maybe it’s just me, but I tend to drive more carefully when I’m wearing a racing T-shirt because I don’t want to explain that to the cops if I get pulled over. I’m going to file this one under “proof of theory” and call it a day.

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