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Criminals Do the Dumbest Things
Death of a nimrod.
By, Officer Mac.
Ok, I'm going to dig back a little ways to late last summer for this
one. I got dispatched to a burglar alarm call that I was virtually right
on top of. I had gone to gas up my Patrol Car, and the business the alarm
had come from was right beside it in a strip plaza. As I crossed the parking
lot to the business, I saw a small silver 2 dr car in front of it and
as I got closer still, I saw the front window had been smashed in. The
car I was in was brand new with only 68 miles on it, and had the new in
car video equipment. I turned the camera on and got great footage as my
surprised burglar ran out with a large home surround sound system. Seeing
me, he dropped it and took off running and jumped into his car: Chase
I chased this guy for a short distance before he jumped on the freeway
and then it got ugly, speeds at 120 mph +. We went for at least 2 miles
then off the freeway he went trying to loose me on the Access or frontage
road. He ran several red lights and tried 2 separate times to ram into
my car. I backed off a little and he took off full steam again. This is
where his plans went south, he blew one final light but the part of the
access road he crossed onto curved back under a bridge, about a 90 degree
turn. There was a dirt byrm and railroad tracks on the other side. The
road picked back up on the other side of the tracks. My burglar traveling
in excess of 100 mph never had a chance. He hit the dirt byrm and up and
over the tracks he went. Traffic Investigators measured the distance from
where his car took off to where it landed - 128 feet, at which point it
rolled end over end 5 - 6 times. During the course of the vehicle rolling
end over end, my burglar was ejected from the car. We found him about
30 feet behind where the vehicle came to rest. Stolen property was scattered
for 50 yards all around the car. (He had gotten greedy and had the car
crammed full of stuff) Ambulance got there and wasted NO time in loading
him up and jetting to the hospital. He died later that morning on his
2nd trip to the operating room. A check of criminal history revealed that
he was a career criminal, and had done time for Burglary, Theft, Assault
and a few other things. I feel sorry for this guy’s family but not so
much for him. Especially for the danger he put other people in from his
driving. Case closed, cleared by arrest...so to speak anyway.
Events based on actual occurrences. Names
have been changed to protect the ignorant.