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(KNBC 4 Los Angeles)   When choosing a vehicle to escape police you should balance the need for speed and maneuverability with the ability to blend in to traffic. A U-Haul van scores poorly on all these characteristics   (nbclosangeles.com) divider line 18
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2013-04-25 08:18:44 AM
I've driven a U-Haul moving van and was surprised at how nimble it actually was. And because people assume you have terrible visibility (you do), they get out of your way when they see you coming.

And there's not much better in that size for crashing through roadblocks.
 
2013-04-25 08:19:18 AM
A 4 wheel drive minivan is the ultimate escape vehicle. Lot's of storage, blends in to traffic, decent mileage for it's size.
 
2013-04-25 08:21:47 AM
This moron is still miles ahead of the Tsarnaevs, who just went home after their crime.
 
2013-04-25 08:41:18 AM
Boats on dry land? The worst.
 
2013-04-25 08:58:03 AM
Depends.  A Transit can be quite fast.  And a Transit IS a van.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSAWrswE3Yo
 
2013-04-25 08:59:24 AM
[CSB] So there were these perps kicking in door in my neighborhood north of Charlotte.  They would ring the doorbell and if no one came to the door they'd kick it open and swipe everything of value that wasn't nailed down. The description of the vehicle was a silver SUV.  One they were are at it again one day and someone reported the activity. The law scrambles into the neighborhood and the suspects take off in their truck heading south. LEOs lay down a spike strip and deflate the tires. They get out on foot and find a landscaping crew finishing up at the park down the road. They stick them up and jack the truck....with the trailer attached....with a commercial grade lawnmower on it. [/CSB] This is the end result:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xx9IWVZSj0
 
2013-04-25 09:02:28 AM
Even better view of the clusterfark...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0ivEianpPY
 
2013-04-25 09:13:53 AM
I don't know which is funnier lilbordr, the super fat cop at :25 in that first video or all of them running around together in a circle like the idiots they are in the second video. Glad y'all caught those criminal masterminds
 
2013-04-25 09:15:25 AM
I know it's hack but I think the second video deserves a Benny Hill overdub.
 
2013-04-25 09:21:21 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I've driven a U-Haul moving van and was surprised at how nimble it actually was. And because people assume you have terrible visibility (you do), they get out of your way when they see you coming.

And there's not much better in that size for crashing through roadblocks.


No, they avoid you because they assume you have never driven a truck that size since the average U-Haul driver has not done that before.  People avoid rental trucks but will cut off furniture trucks of the same size.  I have driven both, got a lot of hate with the company truck yet treated nicely with the rental.  If you want to scare the crap out of people, once you're comfortable with the truck, drive through traffic like a car.  It sure scared my coworker who was following me to return a Ryder.  No close calls, but the sight of a yellow truck changing lanes to pass just freaked her out.  As we returned to work, I explained that I used to drive a truck that size and she finally relaxed.
 
2013-04-25 09:48:32 AM
"Upwards of 90mph?" The last time I drove a large U-haul, it was limited at 85mph. Cop math at work again?
 
2013-04-25 11:37:51 AM
I totally read the headline in Michael Westen's voice.
 
2013-04-25 11:51:35 AM

Krumet: "Upwards of 90mph?" The last time I drove a large U-haul, it was limited at 85mph. Cop math at work again?


That appears to be a 17' "EL" model. If it's a nicer one-way truck you *might* be able to hit the limiter, which I think is actually lower (they keep changing as speed limits changed, it was 65 years ago when I worked there).

However, if that was an in-town-only EL, you'd be lucky to see 70. So yeah, cop math.
 
2013-04-25 12:08:47 PM
fta:   The driver of a U-Haul moving truck led police on a high-speed chase over rain-soaked freeways and surface streets in two Southern California counties Wednesday night.


Seems, it never rains in Southern California.
 
2013-04-25 02:25:10 PM
I was watching this last night on TV live. The best part was the guy was using his signals to change lanes and let cops know where he was going.
 
2013-04-25 02:43:38 PM

lilbordr: Even better view of the clusterfark...


LOL. Dumbfarks should have split up.
 
2013-04-25 02:52:52 PM

Lunchlady: I was watching this last night on TV live. The best part was the guy was using his signals to change lanes and let cops know where he was going.


Same here, caught it while flipping through news channels. I managed to see the last 25 minutes or so of the chase. He was driving pretty straight and even had his hazards on; one of news reporters assumed it was a courtesy to the other drivers. Another wondered how long the guy could go before running out of gas. I have to admit, I found it amusing that he kept going for so long - especially at the end where he finally pulled over for a minute but then decided to turn around and head back to the freeway. Then a cop caught him with a pit maneuver and he lost control and went up onto a curb
 
2013-04-26 01:20:13 AM
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