RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A man was arrested by Rankin County Sheriff’s Office after he posted a YouTube Live video of himself driving across Spillway Road from Rankin County to Madison County in excess of 180 miles per hour.
Beau Alan Rogel was arrested Monday. He is a self-proclaimed YouTube celebrity and has posted videos of himself violating numerous traffic laws.
In one video posted by Rogel, he is stopped by Rankin County Deputies after driving recklessly on Old Hwy 471. He can be seen and heard on the video denying the actions he had just recorded and posted on YouTube.
According to Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey, YouTube is not the first social media platform Rogel has used to incriminate himself.
Posts to Facebook were found of Rogel possessing numerous weapons. In some of the threads, he is trying to sell or trade weapons, and in others he is simply displaying them.
In January of 2018, Rogel called the Sheriff’s Department in reference to his vehicle being burglarized where cash and a handgun were stolen.
Rogel was sentenced to six years in prison in 2010 for a 2009 Rankin County embezzlement charge. Rogel has an extensive criminal history with felony arrests in Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Mississippi for larceny related charges.
As a convicted felon, Rogel is prohibited from possessing firearms. This hasn’t stopped him from having weapons, and advertising on social media that he has weapons.
After finding these social media posts, a search warrant was issued for his home and car. When deputies arrived at his Rankin County home to execute the search warrant, Rogel was not home but his wife and child were present.
His wife, Christina Ann Rogel, was arrested on scene for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. This was after she tried to block deputies from executing the search warrant and lied about Rogel’s whereabouts to keep him from getting arrested.
While deputies were still at the home, Rogel drove up and was arrested without incident.
Deputies recovered two weapons from the home and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as well as reckless driving.
The 2017 Ford Mustang he was driving during the YouTube video was also seized in order for investigators to download data from the vehicle’s onboard computer.
Rogel had has initial court appearance Tuesday, April 2 in Rankin County Court before Judge Kent McDaniel.
He was given a $20,000 bond for his charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Christian Rogel received a $2,000 bond in Rankin County Justice Court for her charges.
Rogel’s felony charge will be handed over to the Rankin County District Attorney John “Bubba” Bramlett for prosecution. He will be presented to the Rankin County Grand Jury.