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#749791 - 12/28/11 04:07 PM Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops  
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My nerves are a little frazzled right now. I left the house at zero dark thirty to make my trek to the gym. I pull off the freeway on to a cross town arterial, and I notice a Sheriff's car with the lights on tailing a gray Lexus with no plates. The Lexus is going slowly but not stopping. Officer blips the siren, car keeps going. I trail behind because I don't want to get in the middle of that. No traffic on the road. Finally the officer puts on the siren, and the car reluctantly stops after another minute. I pass by and continue on my way.

Maybe five minutes later I'm stopped at a light in the middle lane, and I feel a "whoosh" that rocks my truck. The Lexus flys by me to my right, and I'm going to guess his speed was probably on the order of 140-150 mph (I'm a pretty good judge of speed, I can usually estimate it within plus or minus 10 mph). Certainly it was very well in excess of 100 mph, and this was a 45 mph zone. He actually slightly scraped my right mirror - if he would have hit me that would not have been survivable. He proceeded to blow through two red lights in a row without slowing down.

No cop was trailing him. My first thought was bad - I was about ready to do a u-turn and go back to see if something happened to the cop. But, finally the cop came flying by with sirens blaring.
Now I know what happened here - he probably got out of the car to make the stop, and then the car took off again as he approached.

Now, I'm obviously not trained in traffic enforcement but I saw that coming. It seems to me that cop 101 should have trained him to call for backup before making the stop. It's not like this was a remote area where he would have to wait half an hour for some help. What's our officers' take on the situation? Upflying? Motorman?

#749805 - 12/28/11 05:32 PM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Mister Tee]  
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Very difficult to predict on that one. Fairly daily occurrence that someone stops in a weird manner. Rationale and explanations run the entire gamut of possibilities. It's also fairly standard to update Comm that the car isn't stopping normally. In that instance, usually another car will start heading that way.

Another thing, staffing has drastically cut the number of beat units out on most departments. That is also a factor in getting a fill on a car stop. Lots of cars have no plates and a DMV temp card that can't be seen.

Glad he didn't hit you though. That would not have gone well.

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#749808 - 12/28/11 05:50 PM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Mister Tee]  
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That sort of thing can be really unnerving. A few years ago, headed southbound on Georgia 400, about 15 miles north of Atlanta, A bright pinpoint of light on the right shoulder. As it got bigger, I realized it was a UJF sportbike, doing well over 120mph, going north on the outside shoulder of the southbound lane. As he passed me, I saw a squad car in hot pursuit. My speed 75 mph + cop car at 125 mph equals a closing speed of 200 mph, which was a very scary prospect.


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#749833 - 12/28/11 07:27 PM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Mister Tee]  
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REAL GLAD to know you and the cop are OK. Sure hope they caught him/her.





#749841 - 12/28/11 08:03 PM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Mister Tee]  
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Like I needed one more reason not to go to the gym...


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#749850 - 12/28/11 09:30 PM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Husker Red]  
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Originally Posted By: Husker Red
Like I needed one more reason not to go to the gym...


rofl

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Always a dangerous thing for fleeing, pursuer(s), other vehicles/people etc.

Rarely does anything good come from it.
Glad it seems all are OK AFAYK.

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#749879 - 12/28/11 11:59 PM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Mister Tee]  
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You were lucky. I have no idea why we tolerate that. confused


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#749882 - 12/29/11 12:15 AM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Lawman]  
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You were lucky. I have no idea why we tolerate that. confused

We don't tolerate it, that I know of.


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#749886 - 12/29/11 12:28 AM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Mister Tee]  
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I make stops on unplated vehicles without backup everyday. Some don't end up well. Had many split as I make the approach. Waiting for backup prior to the stop would not have made any difference in this case.
BTW, many agencies in Ca have a no pursuit policy if the original reason for the stop is a traffic infraction. Sheriff probably should terminate.
Yes I know the Lexus was probably stolen.

Last edited by upflying; 12/29/11 12:31 AM.

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#749897 - 12/29/11 12:57 AM Re: Almost got taken out by a car running from the cops [Re: Mister Tee]  
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Ditto in Illinois. We have a no pursuit policy for anything but bad felonies (and a stolen Lexus doesn't count). Our staffing levels are down 40% since I came in 94. That translates to calling for backup and hearing that your partner may be 30 miles away. I'll take backup anytime I can get it, but the reality is that we are often in our own. So the issue becomes do the right thing and stop the car alone and roll the dice....or do nothing, a solution many of us do not agree with. At the risk of sounding dramatic, we knew this getting into the business.

As for you, Tee, I'm glad you avoided real contact with the idiot. That would have been dynamic. And I have to say it was refreshing that you worried about the safety of the officer, good on ya.


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