Need I say more? Well of course I do because this is Tha Dope and y’all want details.
For the six of you who don’t already know, I’m an auto claims guy. Specifically, I settle total losses on cars. 90% of my job is buying realy mundane cars with really mundane damage. Most totals have realy minor, if any injuries at all but occasionally I get one where a semi falls off an overpass, or an overpass falls onto a car (had one of those a few years back–this is Denver) or a guy decides to play target practice with his adenoids in the cab of his truck with an overloaded .50 cal black powder rifle… Accidents happen, people commit suicide–sometimes in their vehicles. That’s life.
But police chases…great gawd a’mighty! PCs are just your basic road rage wine in a government bottle. I can’t give you pictures because they technically belong to the insurance company, but let me sum up:
Our guy runs a red light, attracts the attention of the local constable who decides the guy needs a ticket. Outstanding public service so far. Running red lights creates some of my least communicative customers. Our guy doesn’t want a ticket and decides he needs to elude so he hits the freeway in rural BF Colorado. Over 100 mph for 20 minutes with the fuz behind him all the way. Whether on purpose or because of a mechanical problem with his entry-level American-made commuter car, dude decides to play “England!” and rams an oncoming semi. Semi driver? He’s toast. Literally. Nothing left of the cab but some frame, engine and a 4x4 piece of sheet metal. Driver burned up in the cab. Our guy? Busted up some, but miraculously did not die. He’s in jail now, another success story for truth, justice and the American Way.
The problem? I wonder if at any time during the 20 minutes between running the red light and killing the truck driver our guy would have simply gone home and bragged about outrunning a cop downtown–if they’d only just gotten the plate # and then backed off. But cclearly he was a lawless perpetrator. And no, he hadn’t stolen the car. He was just a dumbass spurred to the apex of dumbassedness by some adrenaline-filled blue meanie dumb asses. Roof-mounted TOW missiles on top of the police cruisers would have made more sense than this.