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Anyone here knows this guy?
 

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"41 minutes of decidedly unexciting footage"......sums up that Smart cars are not Fast and not Furious LOL
 

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Pffft, wrong tool for the job! If you want a high-speed chase, you use a high-spped car. If you have a small car you should be in the city, zipping along alleys between buildings, sidewalks, and other narrow paths the police cars would have difficulty navigating, but the small car handles with ease.

Better still is to not need to escape in the first place.
 

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The newscaster states that the police were letting the driver go, probably to reduce the possibility of a serious accident. The Smart didn’t outrun the authorities. My guess is they already know who the driver is and they will be getting a surprise visit.
 

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Then you've never driven a 453 5-speed.

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Can't say I have. So how does a stock 453 compare to a stock 451? My 451s aren't rockets, but if they are rev'd up, they don't do to bad. Seems it's how you use what you have, to a large extent. I've hit 90 on the highway, which isn't too shabby. They seem pretty happy at 80, with good tires.
 

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No matter what car you led a chase in. A 71hp smart car, or a 600 hp Challenger. The police will alway prevail, in the end.
Actually, I have to disagree with you. Based on my own experience, in my foolish youth, I can say that a sufficient lead was enough to get lost in a parking lot or a side street. I would not suggest it these days, however.
 

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Actually, I have to disagree with you. Based on my own experience, in my foolish youth, I can say that a sufficient lead was enough to get lost in a parking lot or a side street. I would not suggest it these days, however.
There are cameras EVERYWHERE now. I have no doubt that the license plates of the evading smarty were read dozens of times during and after the police pursuit.
 

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There are cameras EVERYWHERE now. I have no doubt that the license plates of the evading smarty were read dozens of times during and after the police pursuit.
  1. That's for sure! Unfortunately, the plate readers are not always accurate. I got a ticket for a toll violation in Florida, based on a faulty read of another Virginia plate. It was almost impossible to get it corrected. Guilty until proven innocent. Neither state DMV gave a damn.
 

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  1. That's for sure! Unfortunately, the plate readers are not always accurate. I got a ticket for a toll violation in Florida, based on a faulty read of another Virginia plate. It was almost impossible to get it corrected. Guilty until proven innocent. Neither state DMV gave a damn.
Last year I received speeding a ticket From Virginia for my mom’s tag on a car she never owned. She had passed months before and had gifted her car to my daughter 3 years before she passed. Our son-in-law (LEO) had returned my mom’s tag to the main DMV headquarters in Maryland when they transferred registration into their names shortly after they received the car. As sometimes happens, the tag was “appropriated” and sold/given away by someone at the DMV.
 

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Last year I received speeding a ticket From Virginia for my mom’s tag on a car she never owned. She had passed months before and had gifted her car to my daughter 3 years before she passed. Our son-in-law (LEO) had returned my mom’s tag to the main DMV headquarters in Maryland when they transferred registration into their names shortly after they received the car. As sometimes happens, the tag was “appropriated” and sold/given away by someone at the DMV.
Virginia DMV is infamous for having provided driver licenses to most of the 9/11 terrorists. Now it’s almost impossible to get a license, and if you miss your renewal window, God help you.

My brother donated a car to Goodwill in Virginia a few years back. A few months later, he got a ticket from NYC regarding his car, found abandoned in the city. Luckily for him, he had the donation paperwork. I don’t believe Goodwill ever did anything about it.
 

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and, always remember - no matter how many HP you have

you can't out run the speed of sound (radio)
I was a communications specialist for law enforcement in New York some years ago. While working on radios at a shock incarceration location facility, one of the inmates deliberately kicked and destroyed a very expensive control head for one of the vehicles - about $3000 back in the late 80s (about $7000 in today’s dollars). One of the corrections officers reprimanded him. His defense was, and I quote, “If it weren’t for those [email protected]&$ radios, I would have gotten away with it!”

I earned him about 100 push-ups and whatever the CO did after I left.

Phillysmart is 100% correct - you can’t outrun radio!
 

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Maybe the driver was hoping the pursuing officer would run out of gas before his Smart car did. You certainly can't outrun a helicopter unless it is "vanishing point" or "Dirty Harry Crazy Mary".
 
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