Skip to comments.[Police Pursuit ends when] Suspected DUI Driver Plows Into Taco Truck, 2 [bystanders] Dead
Posted on 06/17/2012 8:54:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin
A suspected drunk driver leading police on a pursuit caused a deadly crash when her car collided into a taco truck.
California Highway Patrol noticed the driver weaving in and out of lanes on the eastbound 10 Freeway around 11 p.m. Saturday.
The female driver continued to drive after officers attempted to pull her over, eventually taking the pursuit to the 5 Freeway.
She then exited at Cesar Chavez Avenue, and, ignoring traffic signs, drove through a parking lot and into a crowded taco truck.
Two people standing outside the truck were hit and later pronounced dead.
One of the victims, 19, leaves behind a 1-year-old baby.
"[The driver] came off the freeway and hit my daughter and tore her apart," her emotional mother said.
The other victim, who has also not been identified, is a woman in her late 30s.
(Excerpt) Read more at ktla.com ...
The ugly side of drinking and driving.
Yup. That’s why I quit drinking.
Because I couldn’t quit driving.
What the hell is a taco truck? Must be a California and Arizona thing. In Fl, we have a truck that brings shells, tomato, lettuce, ground beef, and sauce..
Good for you and thanks.
I’m going to place the blame for the deaths and injuries completely on the drunken driver.
Now what to do with her?
Even with two counts of vehicular homicide I doubt the death penalty is legal in California.
Just a side comment, Cesar Chavez Avenue probably has more taco trucks per mile than most other streets.
A good street taco from a taco truck are pretty dam good
Drinking and driving is stupid and wrong.
A hot police pursuit under these circumstances is stupid and wrong.
Police need to have strict rules regarding when a pursuit is appropriate. It is almost certain that these two people would still be alive if they had not pursued the driver after trying to pull her over. They had her license info so they could have picked her up later without incident. Much safer to let a drunk drive on home rather than chase them at high speed....stupid, so effing stupid.
“Much safer to let a drunk drive on home rather than chase them at high speed...”
You can’t be serious.
Are you actually suggesting that drunk drivers NOT get stopped and arrested?
Letting them successfully flee only postpones the carnage until later. Better to stop them immediately.
If they decide to rabbit, then all consequences land on them, NOT the agency attempting the stop.
Not to detract from the tragic nature of this story but taco trucks are all over southern California. Basically, a large van where one side opens into a veranda with a propane grill inside. They show up to workplaces and cook up the most outstanding Mexican food I've ever eaten (in addition to burgers, sandwiches, fried foods and whatnot).
There were two of them that worked the rounds at NAS North Island while I was stationed there. I often joked that the burritos were made with crack because they were so addictive! Now that I'm back in Florida, taco trucks are one of the things I miss most from my days in San Diego.
Many on here might not like this but this is one good reason for the coming aerial drones in police work. No need for pursuits. Drone monitors and updates from above and suspect can be taken into custody without a major incident.
Unless, of course, she continued, on blew a red light, plowed into another couple of cars, killing their occupants and a couple of pedestrians.
Then, folks like you would be up in arms that the police had spotted her and let her keep going.
Second guessing makes anyone look like a genius.
The driver was already “weaving in and out of lanes” on the freeway. It is quite likely that the same sort of thing would have happened at some point that evening.
I think an attempted stop and pursuit was appropriate. Also, if they let the driver leave the car and go into her house, they can no longer get her for DUI, since they can’t prove who was driving.
Sounds nicer than “Roach Coach”.
Yup. And note the drunk kills others before they kill themselves.
good on ya... and your line is a classic. Most drunks quit driving before they quit drinking
Drunk drivers don't get the death penalty in California or any other state. However, it's unlikely she'll see the outside of a jail cell for the next decade. That's a helluva hangover to wake up to.
No but if convicted of vehicular homicide she will spend a long stretch in stoney lonesome.
Most drunks miraculously manage to get home OK.
I had an uncle who was constantly driving drunk...he always got home. He was a nut and should have been thrown in jail.
I would have run the plates and had someone waiting at her home for her to drive up and park (thus avoiding a chase)....but I’m not a cop so what do I know.
You conclusion of certainty that two folks would still be alive had no pursuit occurred is flawed logic. This woman was driving in a manner that pretty well guaranteed she would kill someone.
Moron. All the drone does is watch. The driver still kills someone
Not so...I have driven legally drunk hundreds of times...And so have millions of other people...Without causing any carnage...
Bogus...I weave in and out of traffic on the freeway at times (sober) without being dangerous or a danger to another person...
One Adam 12: Dispatch, we're in hot pursuit.
(Yeah thats the ticket. You have a suspected drunk driver, so you chase them.)
It would be nice if that were an option. But the woman would simply claim that she was not the driver at the time.
I recall a similar incident where the police were chasing a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist got away, but not before the police got his license plate number. The case fell apart because the police could not prove who was actually driving the cycle at the time.
A: Calmly follow him/her and take the knife out of their hand.
B: Scream in hysterics and chase child around the house and grab knife as fast as possible.
Don't kid yourself. Your an A$$#0LE.
I have heard that sort of logic lately from Oblame’o.
If not for my policies then unemployment would be far worse than it is now!
Moron? FU pal. I have been in those pursuits and they almost ALWAYS end in a MVA if pursuing officers keep after them. The chuckleheads keep fleeing even when you call them off early because they are just getting too hairy. Or even when they have hit the stop sticks and are running on rims.
My agency was in one recently that lasted over an hour, went into a neighboring state and then went into oncoming traffic on the interstate crossing the Mississippi.
Our best successes have been when we had the bird up giving us turn by turn, we lay back a little, the chithead always goes someplace to lay low and then we put the grab on him.
Problem is helos aren’t up 24/7 and they are expensive to run and maintain.
Most agencies don’t allow you to ram unless you have been PIT trained and you can’t very well run up alongside of them and empty a mag at the driver.
Yeah, but I had an uncle killed by a drunk driver. How do
you know your uncle didn’t cause many accidents on the
way home, or hurt or kill someone and then “miraculously”
got home safely?
This happens on the day that Rodney King is found dead.
The torch is passed.
That’s the only name I know them as. LOL!
>>The ugly side of drinking and driving.
Is there a pretty side?
Did you miss the part where I said my uncle should have been in jail?
That still does not mean I think it would have been good policy to chase him in hot pursuit whenever he was spotted weaving in traffic.
The same argument could be used to chase people spotted talking on a cellphone while driving, or eating, or whatever.
Hot pursuit has become a sport, news channels provide live feeds for an eager populace to watch the fun...many hoping that a hideous accident will occur and thereby multiply the excitement.
They where called the roach couch at several of the bases I was on over twenty years in the navy. No tacos but the polish sausage on a bun with sauerkraut, HHMMM.
I believe all police should be armed with a Panzerfaust and if people run, they fire it and blow the car and driver to smithereens! It would save lives in the long run.
If you knew that the law wasn’t going to vicariously pursue a drunk driver, would you have that last drink?
It’s better to be thought a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubts.. jus sayin’
My ex-husband had a superior officer convince him to let some boys go home one night after having pulled them over and discovering alcohol, marijuana. They lived just down the street, you know. I got to deal with him after he pulled a young woman out from under the dash of her car after one of these poor boys, just getting off of making one mistake, went back out. And the resulting lawsuits.
The blame lies entirely on the woman who couldn’t control herself enough to make intelligent decision. Got drunk, find a different way home. Got caught driving drunk, pull over and deal with your consequences.
Well,at least they got the driver stopped and no LEOs were injured /s
“I would have run the plates and had someone waiting at her home for her to drive up and park (thus avoiding a chase)....”
Bingo! Everyone knows drunk drivers never kill anyone unless they are being chased by cops. Sheesh.
Good thing it wasnt you standing near that taco truck, huh?
I am certain, beyond any reasonable doubt, that statistically I am correct in saying that if they had not given hot persuit then two people would be alive today that are not. And further, that no other persons would be dead as a result of failing to pursue.
If there were a certain arbiter of my statement made above (only God would suffice) then would you honestly say I was wrong!? Let’s say your life depended on making the right choice. Unless you are insane then you would agree with me.
I rest my case, we will have to agree to dis-agree beyond this post my FRiends.
I agree.. my dear FRiend, to disagree, and I loath to be disagreeable.. :)
that is why the PD uses Helo’s
If there were justice in this world, that would be what people would want LEOs to do. And it would be legal.
About 360 people are killed each year in police chases and an estimated 10,228 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2010 in the United States (latest figures available), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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