A police pursuit began after 9:30am near Van Nuys. The suspects are thought to have stolen the car. The suspects were weaving through lanes, drove the wrong side of traffic and nearly hit some pedestrians. After a short pursuit the suspect bailed from the car. One suspect ran into a store sending many customers running out. The other was taken into custody a block later.
Commentary: Missed this very brief pursuit and there’s no video of it as of yet. So once again, it’s based on description of news reports. It gets no kudos for duration. The actions describe seem pretty good, but until a video surfaces, it won’t get any brownie points. We have not had a car chase in Los Angeles lately so this is still a welcome treat.
A police pursuit occurred on March 4, 2013 In Lincoln Heights at 6:40pm. Police followed on a slow speed pursuit for over half hour mostly on neighbor streets. The suspect was seen throwing a weapon out the window and throwing other objects as well. The suspect eventually pulled into a funeral home type building and was appended.
Commentary: This is pretty much as textbook a chase as you can get. The suspect also helped the police by driving at a snail’s pace in circles around the same neighborhood, probably tapping out at 40 mph. There were plenty of opportunities for a PIT attempt, but I guess letting the suspect ride it out is the best and safest method. You could see some cops on the cross streets ready with the spike strip, but did not deploy. The suspect was driving so slow that on one spike strip attempt, the suspect merely just swerved around it. At over 30 minutes, that was the redeeming factor for this car chase, although the slow speed might be an offset. The SUV did have some sweet white rims though.
A suspected burglary started a car chase near downtown Los Angeles. The pursuit started around noon in the Whittier area on freeways before heading on surface streets in the downtown area. There were three suspects in the vehicle including a female driver. Police attempted three PIT maneuvers before the suspect jumped the curb, blew out a tire, and got spun out by the police. The suspects then fled on foot. Police apprehended the female driver, but the two male suspects are on the loose as of this writing.
Commentary: This is the second epic chase this week and another worthy four star entertainment rating. Both surprisingly helmed by women. At around 30 minutes, the duration covers a bad syndicated sitcom. The suspects made good use of the various freeways in Los Angeles but drove very dangerously on the surface streets, weaving into oncoming traffic numerous times. The suspects nearly head on rear ended several cars and side swiped other cars. This car chase had some awesome PIT action. Police had the suspects boxed in and one cop even came out and had the driver at gun point. The suspects fled when the cars in front of them started moving. Everyone in Los Angeles knows, getting to where you need to go is priority number one, even when police cars are surrounding you. The police later did another PIT attempt. This time, the suspects jumped the curb, gave someone’s lawn a nice tire tread pattern and sped away again. You have to give this girl some cred, she must be have some mad skills on Grand Theft Auto as well. One tire on the suspect’s vehicle eventually gets a flat and the police are finally able to perform a successful PIT maneuver. Almost instantly after the PIT, you see two male suspects book it on foot. I’m surprised they weren’t disoriented from the spin out. It was classic to see the decisions of the police. The cops initially took a few paces towards the male suspects before realizing they had too many donuts or In and Out burgers and realize the female was an easier capture. The female had a good initial burst but very quickly ran out of gas. Police quickly catch up to her and gave her a WWE Bad Ass Bill Gunn’s fameasser. The third cop to the scene gives the female suspect a few jabs of the night stick as well which could easy get close to brutality. Seconds later, you see a police cruiser on smoke. What the hell happened there? Dropped a cigarette? Trashing the car so tax payers could be milked for a new vehicle? Lastly, it was funny to hear the news reporters always referring the suspected driver as a “He”. Assuming.
Around noon time in South Los Angeles, two burglary suspects led police on a car chase. There were two suspects in the car, one male and one female. The suspects drove in speeds excess of 100 mph and used seven different freeways. After about 45 minutes, the suspects pulls over in a residential area and the male suspect got out of the car and started to run into an apartment complex. The female suspect continued about 1 mile before pulling over and fleeing on foot as well. Both were apprehended. The suspects nearly hit several pedestrians during this police pursuit.
Commentary: This is one very thrilling and scary car chase and has all the making of a five star pursuit. This pursuit lasted well over 30 minutes at extreme speeds. The suspects gave a nice tour of Southern California by using several different freeways and crossing county lines. The dangerous driving situations is what made this chase. The suspects nearly hit a group of pedestrians crossing the street at one point, and at another point, barely missed running over a kid crossing the street. The mother just barely yanked her kid to the curb in the nick of time. At another point, the suspects almost hit another car head on that was trying to left turn. After the male suspect fled on foot, the remaining female suspect tried to sandwich the car between a bus and another car. She gave the bus a pretty good side swipe. All these events although thrilling for home viewers, is no laughing matter. What is a laughing matter is the fact that the two suspects couldn’t pry themselves from their cell phones. The male suspect, once he booked it on foot, was still talking on his cellphone. He seemed more preoccupied with the call than high tailing it from the cops. He was probably talking to “mama” to see what’s cooking for lunch. Although I have to admit, the guy’s running strides were olympic style, probably would look like Usain Bolt or Adrian Peterson if he was running at full speed. But not to be out done, the female suspect is seen talking on the phone was well once she high tails it from the car. She sports a pretty good running form as well. The last star of the car chase in Los Angeles has to be the car. Usually suspects jack some bland white four door coupe, a Ford Focus or Chevy Cavalier come to mind. These two were riding in style in a rice rocket ready silver Lexus. We all saw the power and beauty of that car as it was racing down the freeways. Lexus should use clips of this police pursuit for it’s commercials if it wants to boast luxury performance. Here’s another link to a different news piece on this car chase, it deserves a different viewing from another source.
A car chase occurred at 3am Saturday morning near the Disneyland in Anaheim. Police responded to a call about an intoxicated person stopped and passed out in the drive thru lane of a McDonald’s restaurant. When police approached the suspect, the suspect hit a police cruiser and sped away. After a short police pursuit, the police pulled off PIT maneuver to spun out the suspect. Police open fired and shot the suspect. The wounds were not fatal.
Commentary: This car chase in Anaheim occurred so earlier in the AM hours that the video only shows the crime scene. So all we have is a description of the account of events. So the suspect hitting the police car, the always exciting PIT maneuver, and the shoot out, is left up to our imagination. You know the saying, if a tree falls in forest does it make a sound? Same thing holds true here. Also, why did the police have to open fire, did the suspect have a gun, the news report didn’t mention anything. Police couldn’t just “taz the bro”, or fire bean bags. The guy was intoxicated, shouldn’t take much to bring him down. Or, was it something the police could not resist? At 3am, there’s not much onlookers. Kelly Thomas anyone? The news description makes this a four star chase, but the video and proof for the common folks, makes this a one star.
A stolen vehicle car chase started about 10:10am on the west side of Los Angeles going towards LAX. Police were alerted by the Lojack system. The suspect started on the 118 before switching over to the 405. Police mentioned that the suspect was throwing out money of the car as well. The suspect exited the freeway to a freeway off ramp where he ran into traffic. The police then successfully pulled off a PIT maneuver.
Commentary: A day after a very vanilla chase, we got a gem today. This chase last about 30 minutes, a perfect time cover over some bad syndicated sitcom. There was great freeway driving with the cops pulling up next to the suspect car several times. The suspect even used the carpool lane for a good portion of the car chase, atleast someone in Los Angeles uses the carpool. There was reports of money being thrown out of the car, this is the second “robbing hood” in the last 6 months. Can’t fault him there, atleast he’s doing the same thing as our government, throwing money into the wind. Kiddos to LoJack for alerting the police to the stolen vehicle. Good job on the cops for pulling off a textbook PIT manuever. Suspects must get shocked when that happens, because they never seem to speed off after the spin out.