LA CRESCENTA (CBSLA.com) — A motorcyclist was hurt Wednesday night after getting caught in clear duct tape that had been stretched across the road in La Cañada Flintridge.
The incident happened just before 11 p.m. on Oak Grove Drive near Foothill Boulevard.
Deputies with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station said the tape was placed about four feet in the air. The motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital with injuries.
Authorities said the incident is part of prank, which has been showcased in numerous YouTube videos.
In some videos, cars turn around when they see the tape, while others drive through it.
Some pranksters lay the tape on the road, forcing drivers to stop when it gets tangled in their tires.
“People look on YouTube, I know a lot of kids who watch YouTube videos and imitate it. Teenagers and kids they do things like that, but I think that goes too far. Way too far,” said resident Beatrix Schwartz.
Ryan Monroe rides his bike in the area and now worries about this type of prank.
“It could have been me. If it was night, all I have is a flimsy little bike light, so not so good,” he said.
Dessi Sieburth, 10, doesn’t find the joke funny.
“(They prank people) because they don’t know what else to do. Because they just sit inside all day, so they don’t know what to do, so that’s the only thing that comes to their mind,” he said.