Watch: Tampa road rage tailgater smirks in video, crashes seconds later

TAMPA — Call it video revenge.

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A driver being tailgated Monday near Gibsonton captured the ordeal on a cellphone video, including a crash where the tailgater spun out of control and struck a utility pole.

Then she turned the video over to authorities.

State troopers said they arrested Jeffrey Travis White, 33, of Tampa based on the video and witness accounts.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that on Monday morning, White was driving south on U.S. 41 north of Gibsonton Drive. He was tailgating another driver, Tracy Lynn Sloan of Lakeland, who videotaped it using a cellphone.

White passed her and flashed an obscene gesture, which she also captured on video.

White then passed Sloan and tried to merge in front of her car, but lost control of his 2008 Ford pickup truck.

It spun out, crossed over several lanes and hit a light pole.

Sloan’s laughter is captured on her own video.

“This pathetic excuse for a human being tailgated me for about three minutes,” she wrote upon posting her video on YouTube. “After about a minute, and me shaking my head, I pulled out my phone and started recording. I couldn’t move over because there were trucks in the right lane, and I sure as heck wasn’t going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were. …

“I’ve recorded circumstances like this before, catching idiots doing stupid things, but never ever had this happen.”

White faces charges of leaving the scene of a traffic crash, careless driving and failing to wear his seat belt, the patrol said.