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Death of the Car Chase…Or Just Lazy Criminals

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

car chaseWhen most of us think of a good car chase, we probably think of those portrayed in Hollywood movies.  Images like Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields in Smokey and the Bandit, Robert De Niro in Ronin (probably one of the best car chase scenes ever filmed), Dan Akroyd and John Belushi in The Blues Brothers and Jason Stathem in The Transporter. But as we all know, Hollywood very rarely reflects the reality of the real world.  Car chases in the real world consist of someone going 55 miles an hour on the freeway with 10 police cars driving slowly behind them and a police helicopter overhead (also about 10 media helicopters as well).  They never end like Thelma and Louise driving off a cliff or the criminal driver jumping over an incomplete bridge to escape the police. 

Has Hollywood become too unbelievable or are people, even the criminals, just too lazy.  For example, earlier this week in Shreveport, Louisiana, police chased a man for about 10 minutes before he decided to drive directly to the jail.  To top things off, he didn’t wait for pursuing police to arrest him.   Rather, he took the path of least resistance and simply parked the car and ran into the jail himself where he was arrested by the deputies on duty.  Geez, while he was at it, he should have just quickly stopped by a bail bond agent’s office prior to going to the police station, just to be prepared. 

So at the end of the day, no fireballs or mega jumps across wild rivers, just a guy driving the speed limit, refusing to pull over until he was able to drive himself to jail.  If criminals continue to be this lazy, maybe we won’t need police anymore.  People will commit a crime and then just turn themselves in.  Read the original story below.

Original article: Man in police chase drives to jail, cops say