Monday, February 28, 2005

Blogger Reports On Car Chase

The lovely bride and I were driving to Chinatown to do some grocery shopping* on Sunday when we happened to be passing Sharpstown Mall at the same time this genius was attempting to evade arrest in a minivan. I have a few observations about seeing a car chase in person.

First, a car chase is even more riveting in person than it is on TV. The chase was just getting underway when we encountered it, and it was absolutely amazing how fast the police can swarm into a chase, there were dozens of police cars coming from all directions.

Second, something the TV coverage of a chase never shows you is the tow trucks. Almost as fast as the police arrive at a chase there are flocks of wreckers that follow the action hoping to cash in.

Just in case you were wondering, this quote from the linked article was not from me. Repeat, not from me.

"Oh, wow! First we thought it was a fire. Then we saw on them cop cars chasing him down he ran the intersection," recalled eyewitness Al Moreno. "I was like, 'This is a chase just like in the movies.'"


*Yes, we go to Chinatown to do our grocery shopping. It takes 30-40 minutes to get there and we probably pass around 25 perferctly good grocery stores on the way. The stores there have great produce, and we really do save money. But I end up going to another store anyway, while the Chinese make use of the entire pig and parts of chickens I had no idea were edible, they know next to nothing about beef. Pile needs beef.