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Tonight (1-12-09)

Smart Car in High Speed Pursuit on the 210 FWY at 9-9:15 pm, starting around San Fernando. Coverage was on Channel 9. They called off the pursuit, because they said they have the license plate. Speeds from 90-100 mph, but I don't believe that.

It was a Blue and grey Smart car.

Any more info?

If it's not stolen, then the driver is STUPID, to put it nicely !!!
 

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haha, the cops must have been shocked! I bet it was stolen just take the cops for a ride. But yeah I agree, if it wasn't stolen, owner = STUPID.
 

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Called off the pursuit because they have a plate #? And the description: One of a few hundred Smarts in the state. Easy to spot in a crowd.

What other option was there, though? Can you PIT a Smart or would it roll?

I'll tell you what, though... with all the computer control inside that thing, one of those EMP pulse/zapper things would shut it down fast.
 

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Can you PIT a Smart?

the crazy esp would try to correct it and you'd be on your merry way... it would make the cops look like fools LOL


be smart and drive it down the footpath, sidewalk i think you call it there, that would be funny... the police cruiser (lol) wouldnt fit and it's bye bye cops :)
 

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details?details?details?details?details?details?details?

What channel did you see it on?

Any chance you can post a link to the actual video?
 

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Police have his drivers license and the vehicle license number. He took off after surrendering his license to authorities?? I'll have to agree with, stupid!!
 

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With speeds often reaching 90 mph, police chased a suspect Monday evening in a Smart car through the San Fernando Valley towards Pasadena.

CHP officers, about half hour into the chase, decided to pull back in an effort to get the driver to slow down, according to authorities.

They abandoned the chase altogether when they determined who the driver was and where he lived, said officials.

At that point, the chase was well onto the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway approaching Sylmar.

The super-small and very fast (who knew?) :)Smart car was pursued initially on the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway.

The CHP pulled over the driver for speeding.

After giving the officer his license and registration, the driver took off -:burnout:- turning a traffice infraction into a felony by fleeing from authorities.
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Not Stolen, Just not a Smart smart driver.:nuts:This might boost the impresion of smarts just like Al Gore III, 24, Pulled Over Driving 100 MPH in a Prius With Marijuana and Prescription Drugs in Car, Say Police:loser:

Boosted the perception of the Prius

But we know he was still getting about 27 MPG durring that chase. Top that Prius.:rolleyes:
 

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After giving the officer his license and registration, the driver took off - turning a traffice infraction into a felony by fleeing from authorities.

"Hello officer, my name is John Smith. I live at 123 Clueless St. I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I bet you didn't know this car gets 27 mpg at 90 mph. See ya!"
 

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Watching the Video the chopper and anchor didn't beleive it was a smart car because of the speed

I loved the fact he was using his turn signal durring the chase
 

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I know - those comments were silly.

It seems the general public's perception of the smart is that it's a "toy" car.
 

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"The super-small and very fast (who knew?) Smart car was pursued initially on the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway. " I never thought of the Fortwo as a getaway car. :)

"After giving the officer his license and registration, the driver took off -- turning a traffice infraction into a felony by fleeing from authorities. " If I was going to take off like that, it would be before giving the officer my license and registration. Once they found out where the driver lives, they stopped pursuing the car. Perhaps they just waited at where the person lives and arrest them there?

 

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I'm one.

I was the pilot-reporter over the pursuit, and I will never forget it 'till the day I die.

We took off to go on an unrelated story and just as we lifted, my photographer, who was monitoring the scanner, notified me that we had "our favorite story going on."

When he told me that it was I-5 north passing Osborne, I couldn't believe it: we were only 1 1/2 miles away at lift-off. It took me three minutes to catch him 'cause he was really hauling butt. (First reason I didn't think it was a smart.)

When we got overhead and went live I noted that it was a "subcompact" because of the darkness, crappy monitor that I have upfront, our altitude (I heard "CHP 51" on our common frequency calling inbound), and that my head is always on a swivel and looking outside.

As we climbed into the Crescenta Valley (east 210), the CHP called off the pursuit, CHP 51 aborted, and we cleared Burbank's class Charlie so I got rid of Burbank tower. It was just me and the car. I dropped down to about 500 AGL and sure as shootin', it was a blue passion with a silver tridion.

I went on the air to say that I, Larry Welk and Gary Lineberry (three of KCAL/KCBS's pilot-reporters) are all smart car owners.

About this time the dude has slowed to the normal flow of traffic because no one's chasing him anymore.

We continued to track him out to Rancho Cucamonga where we saw him pick up the I-15 south towards San Diego. (Apparently the registered owner lives in La Mesa.)

I often wondered if I would ever see a smart car pursuit. Now I have. It happened January 12th, five days before the first anniversary of the delivery of my first smart car.

Hope those of you who saw it live last night enjoyed it as much as I did.
 

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I was the pilot-reporter over the pursuit, and I will never forget it 'till the day I die.
Thanks for the first hand update. We realy appreciate it.

So as someone who has seen many chases, Do you think the cops could pit a smart car since it has no back end to spin around.
 
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