“I don’t recommend doing that — what I just did.”
That’s what one Florida Highway Patrol officer told his partner after pulling a U-turn and pushing his police cruiser to more than 140 MPH to catch up to a perp who was going 90 MPH in the other direction.
The cop ultimately caught up to the driver of the speeding RAV4, which also had a brake light out, and pulled the driver over across the highway’s center median. All in a good day’s work, right? Another quality ticket in the books? Well, not exactly.
Shortly after pulling off onto the shoulder, the cop car’s engine ended up catching fire as a result of the impromptu high-speed chase. Because, you know, dry grass isn’t the best place to park your car right after burning some serious rubber on the highway, which just about anyone who’s ever driven a car could tell you. But, hey, even cops can have their off days.
In the end, it was the RAV4 owner’s lucky day, because after the cop realized that trying to extinguish the flames was a lost cause (it appears that fire extinguishers aren’t as easy to operate as they seem), he just decided to let the guy go, free to speed another day.
Wow. I guess that’s one way to dodge a speeding ticket, and, on top of that, have a pretty incredible story to tell your friends and family. Though, I wouldn’t recommend banking on this happening the next time you get pulled over. It’s not every day that a police car bursts into flames.
This post was originally published on November 7, 2018.