Five Amazing Police Pursuits
Here are five cases involving insane drivers, and the police who brought them to justice in honor of these two important observances.
Failure at the First Step is a sign of failure
Police chased a carjacker through Colorado for 75 miles. He drove through five counties and several jurisdictions in a series of three cars. The Grand Theft Auto-styled. A southern Denver resident, with a long criminal history, stole a red SUV at a gas station.
The carjacker was following police southbound on I-25 at 80 mph. He then drove through a lot and jumped the curb before heading east-the wrong direction-on of I-76. After about half an hour, he stopped and carjacked a minivan in gold. He then speeded off with police following.
The driver made up an accident story about a silver Lexus and forced the driver to leave the car. He then drove off. The car crashed in Douglas County. He surrendered to police after a brief foot chase during which he lost the jacket and attempted to steal several cars more.
West Hollywood, CA was rocked by unexpected fireworks. A Tesla Model S split in half and burst into flames after a ten-mile chase.
The Tesla reached speeds of up to 100 mph as police responded to reports that it was stolen. After the vehicle crashed into a lamppost, it split in half and ended the chase. The Tesla's front half was found wedged into the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue entrance, while the luxury electric car that was the other half landed on top and burst into flames.
Things got real in the Van Nuys neighborhood, Los Angeles. A stolen BMW driver was driving eastbound on Sherman Way at 90 mph when he collided with another vehicle. The driver of the stolen BMW got out of his car and ran down Valjean Avenue to ride a skateboard.
This was when Lou Pizarro, a reality TV star, drove onto the scene in his red pickup truck. The truck is the same one used in "Operation Repo". As the suspect attempted to cross the street, Pizarro pulled up in front of him. This forced the fleeing carjacker to stop and turn around the truck. Pizarro drove onto the sidewalk, blocking the suspect's path through a fence and tree, and followed the suspect around the corner. The "Operation Repo” star said, "It was instinct to block the guy off and slow him down a bit." Ironically, his TV series was about recovering cars.
Big Rig Road Trip
The top truck on the run was more concerned with highway mileage than speed. Police led a five-hour chase that included 300 miles along the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), which connects Toronto to the Niagara Peninsula and Buffalo in New York.
The truck was taken from a Husky truck stop at York Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The truck was not exceeding highway speeds so police followed it, but did not try to stop the semi-truck from crossing into the United States. Twelve cruisers and an aircrew followed the trailer until it stopped near the Burlington Skyway, QEW. There, the driver surrendered.
Simpson was the leader of the police in the most famous car chase. It is possible that our obsession with car chases started here. During the 1994 NBA Finals, 95 million Americans watched newscasts, while hundreds of Southern Californians took to the streets.
Simpson was charged with murder on June 17, 1994. The celebrity then vanished. Simpson was found by police on the Santa Anna Freeway, Orange County, at 6 p.m., in a Ford Bronco white, driven by Al Cowlings, his former teammate.
People began to block streets and interfere with police pursuits and activities on roads and at Simpson's house when the media started broadcasting news and locations.
After leading police on a 60-mile, slow-speed chase on the Los Angeles Highways the Bronco left the expressway and started heading west on Sunset Boulevard. He speeded and blew red lights before finally stopping at Simpson's Brentwood home.
Simpson was eventually coaxed out of his vehicle by the LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics Team and negotiators and taken into custody
Behind the scenes
The National Defense Transportation Day was established by Congress on May 16, 1957. In 1962, Congress made the entire week National Transportation Week.
President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962. Police Week is observed during the week that follows.