Don’t mess with a mom who’s got her kid with her in a mini-van. That’s one of the lessons we can hope were learned by a young idiot who led police on a car chase in Dallas on Wednesday.
The car-chase felon crashed into the mini-van and another car at the end of his chase. But instead of having the opportunity to start running, he was immediately confronted by the mom, who was driving the van, and her front-seat passenger, an adult man. They restrained him (kicking and fighting) until the police pulled up seconds later.
It probably felt like longer than seconds to them, but adrenalin was at work. A police spokesman warned against doing this, of course, but only a concern-troll on mindless autopilot would fail to applaud the pluck of the alert citizens.
— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) February 11, 2015
I admit, I can’t begin to understand what it’s like to be a young, stupid driver and think you can “win” one of these car chases. I happened to have the local news on when the Monday chase through Los Angeles occurred (video below). The guy had already crashed into several cars, and had abandoned his first stolen vehicle and hijacked a second one. (He was armed.) After watching the driver put literally hundreds of people on the roads in deadly peril, I would have been happy to see the police pump a few dozen rounds into him when he was finally stopped by his last collision. He appeared to menace the cops approaching him with his weapon, and he was shot in the confrontation, but was taken down alive.