In Not-so-hot Pursuit! 1

Last week I found myself in the middle of a car chase. That’s right, a real helicopters-overhead, cops-in-hot-persuit car chase. I’ve even got proof.

While looking for a link to an article about the car chase, I happened upon an article with a small video. If you view the video, I’m the guy on the scooter passing the stolen car in the first seconds. I’m on my lime green Vespa with a white helmet.

While filling my Vespa up at the 7-Eleven on Fern st., I saw 2 police cars race by. Once I was finished getting gas, I got on my scooter and headed north on 30th. Just before reaching Switzer Canyon I noticed a dark grey car coming over the hill. The first strange thing I noticed was that the tires were shredded. There was a young guy driving. He looked completely relaxed; even had his arm resting out the window. He was travelling about 20-30 mph. When I was able to see over the car I noticed a line of about 15 cop cars following neatly behind; in not-so-hot pursuit.

By the time I realized that I could possibly be in some kind of danger, I had already passed the car. I pulled over till the cops passed and contimued on. A few meters ahead I saw another cop rolling in what seemed to be a spike strip. That would have sucked to have gone over that thing on my scooter.

Read the article for the details. And more photos.

All I could do was laugh at the situation. I’m fairly new to California and I get in a car chase just like on TV! How weird is that. First thing I did was go tell Waid. He later said he saw me on the news, which I’m assuming was the footage in the article.

Well, at least it wasn’t a tank. ;)

One comment on “In Not-so-hot Pursuit!

  1. Reply crystal Sep 23, 2006 01:54

    I, too, was in a similar situation! While driving on the interstate in Utah–I looked in my rear-view mirror to see a white truck being followed by severals police car, lights flashing, sirens blaring. I totally flipped out and didn’t know what to do. The truck was driving slowly–under the speed limit–so I got off at the next exit to just let them go by. When I got back on the interstate, we came up on them again, pulled over on the side of the road. There were about 5-6 Hispanic people sitting on the side of the road including a young girl. I assumed they were being smuggled across borders since it appeared they were all a a family. The driver was being handcuffed. I don’t know the whole story–but for a minute–I thought I was being chased myself. What a bizarre drive that day.

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