Famous Southern California Car Chases

Craziest Car Chases of So Cal

Southern California is known for their sunshine, stars, beaches, and palm trees. Unfortunately, they have become infamous for car chases. There have been criminals fleeing the scene of a crime, stolen tanks, and a couple of guys who were just doing it for fun. The thrill of a car chase really gets the adrenaline of American’s pumping. There is nothing better than watching someone recklessly drive down the 405 freeway in an attempt to get away from the dozens of police cars and helicopters hat are hot on their tail. It’s a bit naïve to think that you can run from the police, but hey, let’s give them an A for effort, am I right?

O.J. Simpson Police Chase – 1994

Let’s start with the most iconic of all of them. For those who do not know, O.J. Simpson is a Hall of Fame football player. He was living in California just after breaking up with his ex-girlfriend. One night, his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend were found brutally murdered in the front yard of their estate. After an investigation by the police, O.J. was considered the main suspect. When they went to arrest the running back, he fled. It was then; the infamous image of the white Bronco tearing down the 405 freeway with nearly a dozen cop cars following was born. The story was covered by all of the major news networks and for two hours.

Tank Chase – 1995

In 1995, one of the most epic car chases took place in San Diego. The culprit stole a tank. Yup, that’s right; an M-60 tank was stolen. During what quite possibly was the slowest police chase in the history of the world, the driver did a lot of damage. The tank crashed with all sorts of object, rolling over about 40 cars and took down telephone poles and fire hydrants. The car chase ended in a shootout, with the driver of the tank being shot dead.

Bank Robbers – 2012

In 2012, a group of men decided to rob a bank, and flee the scene in a Volvo SUV. The robbers drove through the streets of Los Angeles; the culprits threw money out of the windows. This caused a mob to build behind the car. People were following the car and grabbing as much cash as they could hold. Surprisingly, there were no reported injuries. The bank robbers were eventually stopped and placed under arrest.

The Teacher – 2012

2012 was a great year for car chases. There were two that made this list. The second is a story of a teacher. The teacher was about to be busted for the accusation of performing sexual acts with a student. He took the police for a good run down the 405 and 10 freeways. The teacher did the police a favor and eventually ran himself off of the road. He rolled down a hill and ended up in a car crash with a tree.

The guys who were just having fun…? – 2016

Some people enjoy watching a police chase so much; they decide to get into one. A couple of guys must have been bored on this day in 2016 when they decided to go for a joy ride. With the top down in the rain, the two were seen doing donuts on Sunset Boulevard. A police chase soon ensued and the drivers led them into the surrounding residential area. The police were able to peacefully apprehend the men when they found them giving high-fives and hugs out to residents.