Pickup driver evades Highway Patrol d...

Pickup driver evades Highway Patrol during high-speed pursuit

There are 34 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jul 20, 2009, titled Pickup driver evades Highway Patrol during high-speed pursuit. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A pickup driver pushing his truck to speeds over 100 mph evaded several California Highway Patrol officers in a high-speed chase that wound through two counties Sunday night.

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Local Lurker

United States

#22 Jul 20, 2009
C Vanatter wrote:
Some time ago, about the mid 90s, technology was experimented with that would help end "most" high speed chases. All an officer had to do was point an electronic gun at the vehicle and the engine would shut down. This gun could be either vehicle mounted or used from a helicopter. The car manufacturers, of course, bulked at the idea of installing $25 receivers in all their cars being produced and further experimentation on this device was eventually dropped.
Car manufactures bulked at the idea for good reason. Three words. NEW WORLD ORDER. Toll roads, GPS thats tracks your every mile. And the ablity to kill your car whenever they feel it fit. Big brother not being happy with all the intrusions they already have into their fuedel serfs lives. Im really glad car companies grew a pair and decided not to treat all their customers as common criminals. But Im also kinda bummed as a skilled electornics/soldering guy. Can you imagine the [black] market profits one could aquire from disabling this "feature" for people?
puzzled

Watsonville, CA

#23 Jul 20, 2009
I live on larkin valley rd and watched 4 police cars chasing after this truck. After mobilizing 4 patrol cars, they gave up? Wow, I wonder how much that cost?
Yep

Santa Cruz, CA

#24 Jul 21, 2009
Charles Bronson wrote:
How come they don't use helicopters around here? I always see live pursuits on TV in LA and they never get away. The bird in the air will track the suspect and the cops can back off if needed, but they always get the idiots. We need more police choppers in the air.
Most police helicopters cost at least a million dollars with the surveillance and safety equipment that is mandatory for such a law enforcement aircraft. Then throw in the cost of a pilot, mechanic, pilot's buddy to keep him company on those lonely flights cris crossing the Santa Cruz mountains etc. This county can't afford a trauma center and that's needed more than a copter to chase Cooter and JD threw the mountains. Yee haw
3 leg surfer

Scotts Valley, CA

#25 Jul 21, 2009
1 leg surfer wrote:
great to know that you can drive fast and get away from the police, it will encourage others to do so as well
i can get away in my camaro, becuz i can heel-toe with my third leg!
Tee

Santa Cruz, CA

#26 Jul 21, 2009
High Speed Chases are not safe. Those of you that are bitch*n and whining that CHP are chicken crap or use racial slurs against Mexicans and other NON WHITE skinned persons..Karma will take care of you. Shut the hell up, and it is a PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN as well as the drivers that RISK themselves and others...Get some sense and stop being prejudice and racial...2009 and there are still Jim Crow thinkers. losers.
EHSclass72

United States

#27 Jul 21, 2009
Glad they let them go really. We all know that they have been hurting people for years by not doing so.

Simple as that.
Zyklon

Chandler, AZ

#28 Jul 21, 2009
Soylent Green wrote:
The bike rider could the ghost rider.
Exactly what I was thinking... The mysterious and elusive Ghost Rider and his unmarked, untagged, black motorcycle has made an appearance in Monterey county! How long till we see the video of the chase? ;p

Zyklon

Chandler, AZ

#29 Jul 21, 2009
Charles Bronson wrote:
How come they don't use helicopters around here? I always see live pursuits on TV in LA and they never get away. The bird in the air will track the suspect and the cops can back off if needed, but they always get the idiots. We need more police choppers in the air.
Unless the police have access to Apache helicopters (which they don't), they can't keep up with the superbikes these guys ride.
holy sock

Windsor, CA

#30 Jul 21, 2009
BlameStorm101 wrote:
It really sounds like the CHP is not confident in there work. If the officer cant keep up with someone doing 100mph on the highway then I feel we have wasted our tax paying dollars to keep them in business. I guess now all we have to do is exceed a 100mph after we do a crime and we are home free. Why because an officer who made an oath to protect us feared high speeds in a car. In conclusion I think this officer came to this work field thinking he was going to hide in secret spots to look for speeders... well he was wrong and he finally realized that there were more fearful things than just giving tickets for "no seat belts" and "tinted windows" ...
You are dumb!!!!!
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#31 Jul 21, 2009
I think the focus was okay and directed more toward the issue about public safety, and really not about the driver of the pickup being able to elude the police. If the chase had been on more of a straight section of roadway it is almost certain the clown would have been caught and probably in short order also. They know who he is and all the have to do is track the idiot down and that will be that.
Flabbergasted

United States

#32 Jul 21, 2009
Wescruz wrote:
I think the focus was okay and directed more toward the issue about public safety, and really not about the driver of the pickup being able to elude the police. If the chase had been on more of a straight section of roadway it is almost certain the clown would have been caught and probably in short order also. They know who he is and all the have to do is track the idiot down and that will be that.
AMEN to that!!!!
Hmmmmmm

Watsonville, CA

#36 Jul 21, 2009
Same mysterious black bike reported by Corralitos residents during the chaos of the fire. Hmmmmmmmm.
Hmmmmmm

Watsonville, CA

#37 Jul 21, 2009
Don't laugh but San Andreas is a known gang activity spot and little speedy cars are common, cutting between cars and driving fast and furiously, going through fences and wrapping themselved around poles. We don't need no stinking license plates...
American Voter

Santa Cruz, CA

#38 Jul 21, 2009
Tee wrote:
High Speed Chases are not safe. Those of you that are *****n and whining that CHP are chicken crap or use racial slurs against Mexicans and other NON WHITE skinned persons..Karma will take care of you. Shut the hell up, and it is a PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN as well as the drivers that RISK themselves and others...Get some sense and stop being prejudice and racial...2009 and there are still Jim Crow thinkers. losers.
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