At first, it seemed like a case of Silicon Valley d-baggery. The man is shown smirking at the camera, seemingly knowing that he got away with this potentially deadly stunt. \u00a0 When the first story was published on SFGATE, it seemed like a cut-and-dry case: A guy is putting others in danger by back seat driving his Tesla across the Bay Area, and, after some calling out of the CHP, he was caught just days later when the CHP received calls of him pulling the same stunt Monday night, the CHP said. IN TEXAS: Texas is primed to be the next Silicon Valley Param Sharma, 25, was arrested Tuesday and charged with reckless driving and disobeying a peace officer.\u00a0 But the story doesn\u2019t end there. An onslaught of emails came in the days after SFGATE first reported on Sharma\u2019s antics. Some were from people who said they were former classmates of his at Albany High. One read: \u201cPlease revoke his license.\u201d Another came from a person who identified himself as Sharma, saying that he was the owner of the car behind the stunt and offering his phone number to chat. And, in effect, he may have admitted to the crime: \u201cThat was my Tesla and I got it only to commute from the back seat,\u201d the man claiming to be Sharma said in an email to SFGATE.\u00a0 A bit of digging revealed that he did, in fact, want to be seen doing this driverless Tesla stunt. He posted it on his YouTube and Instagram accounts. (In them, he wears the same Ralph Lauren cap as he does in the YouTube video recorded by a third party that went viral.) He seems to relish the infamy. Sharma recorded himself lip syncing to a song by NorCal rapper Mozzy from his backseat, while controlling the steering wheel with his foot; that post was shared on Instagram the Monday before his arrest. The caption read, \u201cBitch tell the chp I bought my license.\u201d\u00a0 Another post, showing off the Daily Mail\u2019s coverage of his back seat driving on an iPad, reads, \u201cI came outta the pandemic in a self driving car U blue blue collar peasants can\u2019t understand my life.\u201d A bit more digging found that this is all in line with his past behavior. Sharma went to Albany High in the early 2010s, where he pulled similar stunts, according to a classmate who spoke to SFGATE and was granted anonymity in accordance with Hearst\u2019s ethics policy.\u00a0 \u201cHe\u2019s just been really kind of one of those guys who acts out, one of those guys who really needs to be the center of attention and to an extent turning dangerous or unacceptable, pretty much a constant thorn in the side of the school administration,\u201d the classmate said. Sharma said he was\u00a0\u201cthe most popular kid at my school\u201d in one interview. READ ALSO: Elon Musk announces that 'now you can buy a Tesla with Bitcoin' and the cryptocurrency rebounds The former classmate said Sharma also encountered trouble with local police for another act of dangerous driving. He allegedly was arrested for driving on the opposite side of the road multiple times in Albany. Albany police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE. A spokesman with the CHP\u2019s Golden Gate Division told SFGATE that he\u2019s been cited in the past for the reckless driving, however, meaning his current charges will likely be more severe this time around. (He got off with a warning once before, the spokesman said.) But as Sharma was gaining local notoriety in the Bay Area, his online persona began to draw global attention.\u00a0 Fashioned in the style of New York City pseudosocialite Anna Delvey and Lil Tay \u2014 the viral child flexer-turned-rapper who recently re-entered the headlines for family turmoil \u2014 Sharma\u2019s shtick is to knowingly deploy signifiers of wealth and status into social media notoriety. He uses the name \u201cItsLavishBitch\u201d on social media; sometimes altered to \u201cGoldCollarLavish.\u201d The bio of an Instagram likely belonging to him reads: \u201cI\u2019m a gold collar u a blue collar 25 left the pandemic richer than ever before.\u201d Derision of blue-collar labor, fancy cars, including a Lamborghini, and wads of cash feature heavily in his account. Everything Sharma has done online seems calculated for maximum outrage and viral potential, a walking, talking algorithm engineered for clout. He says he only uses toilets filled with sparkling water. He holds bands of cash in his mouth. He reportedly has six iPhones.\u00a0 He\u2019s launched social media tirades on Soulja Boy, Kim Kardashian and other celebrities way above his pay grade. He once accused Rihanna of jacking his style.\u00a0 Other outlets \u2014 especially those with a penchant for novelty and controversy \u2014 ran expos\u00e9s and Q&As. The headlines were breathless, if not always complimentary. \u201cThe Internet's Celebrity Bashing Brat King,\u201d read Vice\u2019s. \u201cIs this the most spoiled kid in the U.S. or is it just a hoax?\u201d asked the Daily Mail. He's "Instagram's Richest Teen," an MTV story declared. A Digital Trends article dubbed him \u201cInstagram\u2019s richest troll.\u201d He\u2019s also the slightest\u00a0bit self-aware, knowing that his trolling gets a rise out of people. \u201cPeople feed off the crazy things I do, like pooping in sparkling water,\u201d he told Vice. \u201cI\u2019m using wealth as comedy.\u201d READ MORE: These tech workers left California for Austin. They don't regret it. But behind the exasperated intrigue surrounding him is a reality that\u2019s perhaps a bit more grim. Sharma, then 18, was arrested in 2014 for an incident involving an iPhone, and was placed in the jail\u2019s psychiatric ward. His then-lawyer told KGO that another inmate \u201ctried to kill him.\u201d Aside from being annoying and absurd, until now his viral antics really didn\u2019t harm anyone, except for the 1% of celebrities who were the subject of his taunts.\u00a0 He seems to crave any press in an effort to rack up more followers on the 'gram. Normally, we wouldn't fall for it \u2014 but now that his ploys for fame could have real-world consequences, he's unfortunately become a newsworthy figure. Sharma\u2019s follower count is a lot less now on a new account \u2014 more than 5,000. At one point, his follower count peaked at 400,000, before the account was taken down. The classmate said Instagram deactivated his account due to an excess of fake followers on the platform. But it's unclear what punishments Sharma will face; the Alameda County District Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE. \u201cI don\u2019t wish ill on anyone, but he\u2019s one of those guys who you see he\u2019s in jail and you\u2019re not surprised,\u201d the classmate said.