Odessa, FL – A TikTok personality found himself behind bars after he led police on a 100-plus mph chase and told them he “can do whatever he wants.”
The incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 29 when 18-year-old Damaury Mikula peeled out in his Dodge Challenger and then ran a red light at the intersection of State Road 54 at Sunlake Boulevard in Odessa, WTVT reported.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said that Mikula’s car was pulled up next to a state trooper at the intersection when he pulled the stunt, the New York Post reported.
Mikula has more than four million followers on TikTok, according to the Washington Examiner.
The police report said that after Mikula blazed away from the intersection, the trooper gave chase and followed the social media influencer as he went speeds of more than 100 mph, the New York Post reported.
The highway patrol said that Mikula did not pull over when the state trooper turned on his lights and siren and continued speeding as he pulled into a residential area.
The state trooper identified Mikula as the driver of the Challenger and went to his house to arrest him, WTVT reported.
Mikula told police that the Challenger was in his garage and gave permission for it to be towed, according to FHP.
The social media influencer told troopers that he was the only person in the muscle car when he fled police, WTVT reported.
He said he knew the police were chasing him but thought he could get away with it.
The TikTok influencer said that he just wanted to “do something fun” when he did the burnout in front of the trooper, the Washington Examiner reported.
FHP Trooper W. Kelly told WFLA that Mikula told troopers at the time of his arrest “that he is young, makes a lot of money, and has a fast car and he can do whatever he wants.”
“Mr. Mikula advised he wanted to do something fun for three seconds, and it cost him,” Trooper Kelly said.
The 18 year old claimed that he earned $400,000-to-$500,000 via TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, according to WTVT.
Mikula was arrested and booked into the Pasco County Jail, WTVT reported.
The police report said that he later expressed remorse and called his lifestyle “not a good way to live,” the New York Post reported.