Question of the Day: Have You Ever Raced the Cops?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Me, never. Why would I? But I know plenty of pistonheads who have. I remember a particularly coke-fueled neighborhood Porsche driver who was crazy enough to get some serious distance from the local po-po, who were Hell bent on throwing his dangerous driving ass in jail. He screeched into his [blacked out] garage, stripped, jumped in bed and pretended to be asleep. Mind if we have a look around? Long-suffering wife: with all due respect officers, talk to my fucking lawyer. These days, it's not enough to evade the long arm of the law. If you're way cool, you race the cops, videotape the result and share your criminal activities with the world. To wit:, "where horsepower rules, and the rules of the road don't apply." And their teaser video for same, via [Note to the SF guys: please don't pull the link. This is instructive stuff.] I guess discretion is no longer the better part of stupidity. If it ever was. Anyway, you ever done shit like this?

Cops have a little run in with Ford GT

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  • ChuckR ChuckR on Aug 18, 2008

    RF - ya wimp. ScottGSO - words of wisdom there. Couple of reasons cops don't like runners. 1)lots more paperwork and maybe a court appearance as your lawyer tries to get you out of serious charges 2) if you do crash, even if its only your own self you've done in, the images of your brains sprinkled around whats left of the interior of the car are hard to forget. And 140 on a bike - not even the satisfaction of knowing that the organs will go to someone who will be more careful with them than you were.

  • Areitu Areitu on Aug 18, 2008

    What I don't understand is why he ran in the first place. He wasn't much faster than traffic when he supposedly passed the cop. It doesn't help that his radar detector sounds like the war room in the Pentagon after Russia launches all of its nukes. Slowing down to a reasonable speed and a "I was just opening it up a little, officer," would have avoided getting him a ticket. However, doing that would have been a waste of the radar detector, CB radio and camera equipment, not to have run. I have a couple good ones. The ones involving me (I was a passenger in both cases) are somewhat typical...friend in the back blocks cop car on road while driver pulls into a neighborhood and hides. Or, doing doughnuts in front of a cop car while cousin blocks the cops' getaway. Here's a few good ones I've heard from others: A friend of a friend gets pulled over. The officer comes leans in and says the usual, "Do you know how fast you were going?" The driver immediately replied with the wave of his hand, "These are not the droids you are looking for." The officer, without cracking the slightest hint of a smile, replied, stood up and walked back to his car. This was back in the 70s when Star Wars had first come out. In another incident, somewhere in the south, a different friend was pulled over doing about a buck twenty. The officer stomps up, leans over, and yells "Show me your pilot license right now, and I'll let you go." The driver was a pilot for the air force base and produced it. No ticket was issued. RF, here's something for MR car owners: Two guys in an MR2 from a street race and get away long enough to pull into a grocery store parking lot, jump out and loiter. A cop car approaches, a spotlight thrown on them as they're approached. The driver says "I've been here for half an hour. Feel the hood, the engine's been off," he says, putting his hand on the bonnet of his MR2. No ticket.

  • Blautens Blautens on Aug 18, 2008

    And by the way, a little tip from someone who's chased and been chased - make your car unremarkable. No stickers, special vanity plates, stripes, anything unusual. Blend into your surroundings. I still do it to this day, just out of habit. (Also a tip to you criminals fond of tattooing're just making it too easy...)

  • Rodster205 Rodster205 on Aug 18, 2008

    A group of cyclists doing 140+ busted this weekend, couldn't outrun the Motorola...