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Old 08-04-04, 04:19 PM
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Car chase - close call for cyclist

I was just now (less than 5 minutes ago) watching the news on ABC 13 here in Houston. There was a live car chase going on, cops chasing a car on the freeway, and eventually ending up in a residental area. At the end of the chase I noticed a cyclist having a VERY close call. The car being chased was heading for an intersection, and the cyclist was closing in on the same intersecion, coming from the driver's right hand side. The driver was turning, and for a moment it looked like both he and the cop was going to hit the cyclist. Both of them were heading right for him. I saw the cyclist throwing himself off the bike. A few seconds later another police car passed the bike with what seems like a few inches of clearance. For a few minutes it was not clear what happened to the cyclist, but on replay from another angle you could see him running away from his bike to safety.

The news anchors at first did not mention the cyclist at all, they were more focused on the guy being chased by the cops. But that cyclist must have had the scare of his life. And yes, he was riding on the right side of the road.

During the replay a few minutes later they did mention the cyclist and how close it had been.

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Old 08-04-04, 04:54 PM
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Wow, glad I wasn't that guy. YIKES
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What? Didn't he hear the sirens?
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Old 08-04-04, 05:12 PM
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I just recorded part of the rebroadcast from ABC on my ReplayTV PVR. I'll extract the video and see if I can post a link, and you can see for yourself. It all happened very fast.

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Ok, here is the video. It's 16 seconds long, and 8.5MB, in MPEG2 format (you need MPEG2/DVD codec to view). I suggest downloading the video before viewing.

ABC 13 News footage (large)

*Edit*

Added a smaller, 2.8MB MPEG1 file as well:

ABC 13 News footage (small)


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Old 08-04-04, 06:51 PM
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I think I'll keep running with the dogs!!!!
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Old 08-04-04, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Allister
What? Didn't he hear the sirens?
I was wondering the same thing.

Maybe he was *gasp* riding with headphones!

EDIT: wasn't red.
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Old 08-04-04, 10:06 PM
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I heard about that too. It was a close call.
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Old 08-04-04, 10:20 PM
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Rofl. If you look closely first he pulls onto the curb, then dismounts and runs for his life leaving his bike there.
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Old 08-05-04, 01:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris L
I was wondering the same thing.

Maybe he was *gasp* riding with headphones!
OH NO! Not that!

Seriously though, trust me on this, even with headphones on you can hear sirens coming from a long way away.
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Rofl. If you look closely first he pulls onto the curb, then dismounts and runs for his life leaving his bike there.
Yeah. The police car was coming at him quite quickly. He did well to react in time considering that the car swerved at him quite sharply from behind. Maybe he's had a lot of practice
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Old 08-05-04, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Allister
OH NO! Not that!

Seriously though, trust me on this, even with headphones on you can hear sirens coming from a long way away.
I don't need to take your word for it, I know exactly how loud sirens are. I was just engaging in a spot of trolling.
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Originally Posted by Allister
Yeah. The police car was coming at him quite quickly. He did well to react in time considering that the car swerved at him quite sharply from behind. Maybe he's had a lot of practice
The cyclist did pull to the curb, but that was not enough. The cop also did a decent job of threading himself between the suspects' car and the cyclist. But the video shows why police agencies need to rethink their policies on high-speed chases. Some agencies won't do them because of the risk to innocent bystanders. Would it have been worth the life of the cyclist (or some other bystander) to catch these dudes this very minute? That's the question the cops should have asked before the chase began.
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Old 08-05-04, 03:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris L
I was wondering the same thing.

Maybe he was *gasp* riding with headphones!

EDIT: wasn't red.
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Old 08-05-04, 06:56 AM
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Dammit! I wanted to see the take down. That copper on his heals looked like he was going to catch him and lay a beating on him!
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Old 08-05-04, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Daily Commute
... Some agencies won't do them because of the risk to innocent bystanders. Would it have been worth the life of the cyclist (or some other bystander) to catch these dudes this very minute? ...
Fortunately, steadily improving communications, video, and surveillance technology will gradually render hot pursuits less and less necessary. I hope more police officers will use brains and technology instead of the right foot and horsepower.
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Old 08-05-04, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by stiffee_shane
Dammit! I wanted to see the take down. That copper on his heals looked like he was going to catch him and lay a beating on him!


No beatings. The take down was partially obstructed by a tree, but the live broadcast shows them just taking him down and leading him to the police car. Most cops have probably learned to behave by now when news choppers are overhead.

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There were THREE squads coming up behind him. From what I can tell, at least two of them had pursuit lights on. No way to determine which were running sirens. Why on earth was he still moving? Even before the camera coverage got to him, he shoulda been stopped and against the curb. Or better yet, up on the terrace.
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I noticed that the cyclist laid down his bike and ran off to a safer spot. Two thoughts popped into my head: 1) obviously he doesn't have clipless pedals or we would have seen the classic flop to the side; 2) had it been me, would I have dumped my bike on the curb like that? (Answer: depends on whether I was riding my commuter or my racer.)
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I almost got hit by a van today. The pr!ck took a left too wide, and went over the white line. He almost hit the curb, so I had to swerve. I hit a huge rock, and went over the handlbars. I was traveling as fast as the town traffic at 30 mph, so it wasn't pretty. The bike went directly over the top, because the only damage is a little scuffing on the saddle, and the handlbar padding is ripped up. I got pretty fortunate as of bike damage. I landed on my chest, so I avoided landing on my head. My entire left forearm is scraped up. I bandaged myself up though, and I am taking my bike in to get checked on. I just bought it three days ago! People suck sometimes.
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If it would have been a police officer on bike patrol. They would have charged him with attempted murder. For us there would be no charges filed. Very sad! Seems like the cops have there own set of rules.
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I find it disgusting and vulgar that one; cops chase criminals at high speed on OUR streets and two that they broadcast it live like some f'in reality show what low brow entertainment. Bad boys whatcha goonna do bullsh1t.
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Yesterday morning I had a bad experience with a terrible driver.

At the time, I was terrified and couldn't really think of a probable cause for what I saw. Later I decided I might assume the guy fell asleep at the wheel.

What happened is that there was a car ahead of me, downhill, on a road with cars parked beside it. I was a good distance away and looking down for a moment, but i heard a crunch. When I looked up again, I saw a car which had just been in the correct lane driving toward me in my lane. I hit my brakes hard and as soon as I could, went on to the sidewalk, though i was still at least 30 feet away from the car when I got out of the way. Asleep-at-the-wheel guy, though, just got back in his lane, and drove away.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna
I find it disgusting and vulgar that one; cops chase criminals at high speed on OUR streets and two that they broadcast it live like some f'in reality show what low brow entertainment. Bad boys whatcha goonna do bullsh1t.
Sadly, that's the sort of society we live in these days. This is why the scenario John E pointed out above (i.e. cops using brains and technology rather than a right foot) is unlikely to happen anytime soon. There's just too much entertainment value in it. TV networks (and the morons who watch them) thrive on it, politicians use it to win votes. Common sense just doesn't get a look in anymore. Of course there are casualties, but who cares about them? The show must go on.

The most ironic situation I remember was the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper a couple of years ago deriding the Gold Coast for being a place where "violence is a spectator sport", yet most of the first four pages were taken up with big photos of the brawl in Surfers Paradise that attracted these spectators. Just another poor attempt at trying to be politically correct and claim the moral high ground, while continuing to pander to the lowest common denominator in society.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna
I find it disgusting and vulgar that one; cops chase criminals at high speed on OUR streets and two that they broadcast it live like some f'in reality show what low brow entertainment. Bad boys whatcha goonna do bullsh1t.
Well some of those people are running because they have bad records, some even have murdered.. If they didn't chase them they'd get away.. Now wouldn't you want them to be in custody rather than on the streets? And its the News Stations that broadcast, and that what they do to make a living.. Get over it.
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