Pretty wild police pursuit in Southern California today. Some dude in Los Angeles failed to yield and when a cop tried to pull him over and presumably slap him with like a $100 ticket, he freaked out and drove around for two and a half hours from LA to San Diego county, presumably trying to make it to Mexico. While he was driving his what looked to be 2004 red Honda Civic he absolutely SMOKED a dude on a scooter (the scooter guy is fine and recovering from non-life threatening injuries so it’s okay that we laugh at that), and evaded the cops not once, not twice, but three times!
Eventually this TWO AND A HALF HOUR chase ended when the man, Karl Flores, ran out of gas. I was actually lucky enough to be watching when he ran out of gas, and I’ll tell you what, I couldn’t help but feel a little bad for the guy. Whenever you see one of these car chases, you obviously hope the cops get the bad guy, but for me at least, there’s a little part of me that is kind of pulling for them to get to the Mexican border (even though they wouldn’t make it across the border, but I digress).
When that guy ran out of gas, that had to be the biggest “oh fuck” moment of his life. I mean all he did was fail to yield. And now? He’s got like 16 cops pointing guns at him, helicopters are in the sky, the news stations all have cameras on him, and they called the goddamn SWAT team. Oh and he also ran over a human. Suffice to say he was probably regretting his decision to run.
But credit where credit is due, if you’re going to fuck up, make sure you fuck up. Because not only did he lead police on a 155 minute chase, before another 60 minute standoff, but he also caused one of the busiest highways in Southern California to shut down in the middle of the day.
But I’d be remiss if I didn’t give Karl praise for some impressive Grand Theft-Autoism maneuvers. I mean how the hell did he escape this?Or this? Jesus Christ, the cop freakin rear ended him! But wait, there’s more!Now his bumper is gone and he’s getting t-boned! He may be down, but he sure as shit isn’t out!I mean Jiminy Cricket! No, this is not the end of the pursuit. There are three cop cars, and SIX cops pointing their guns at him. At this point, you have to put some of the blame on the cops. He was RIGHT THERE.
But you know what they say; when you fly too close to the sun, sometimes you get burned. And in this case, “getting burned” meant getting dragged out of your car by a German Shepherd and subsequently arrested. In these situations, you have to pick your battles. Rob a bank and kidnap the president’s son? Sure take the cops on a two and a half hour car chase. Fail to yield? Eh…maybe just pull over.