Inside a High-Speed Chase: How Authorities Train for SoCal's Dangerous Pursuits

By Lolita Lopez
|  Monday, Apr 29, 2013  |  Updated 11:58 PM PDT
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Police demonstrate what officers go through during dangerous, high-speed pursuits. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News. Read the full story <a href=here." />

Police demonstrate what officers go through during dangerous, high-speed pursuits. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News. Read the full story here.

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Anatomy of a Police Pursuit

NBC4's Lolita Lopez takes viewers into the training grounds for police officers involved in pursuits. She explores the split-second decisions that police have to make to keep the public safe. Tune into the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013 for the story.

Dramatic SoCal Police Pursuits

Southern California is notorious for its police pursuits. Recent months have seen a remarkable assortment of chases, from the infamous "money toss," to the man huffing on colorful balloons as police close in, to the pink-hoodied driver who sprinted from a getaway car while talking on her cell phone. As the moments from eight recent chases captured here illustrate, car chases defy logic and common sense, putting the police and the public at risk.
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The high-speed police pursuits for which Southern California is notorious captivate residents and keep them within inches of their television screens, but no one is more on edge than those in the middle of the dangerous chases.

“You'll have lights and sirens on. You'll have the radio going. You will be updating your location. You may be talking to other ground units where you are at and what's going on,” LA Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Ocello said, describing the chaos inside squad cars in pursuit.

And all of that happens while traveling upwards of 70 mph while the fleeing driver leads the way.

A trainer at the department’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, Ocello simulates pursuits on the racetrack at LA County Fairgrounds in Pomona to train deputies on what it is like to be in the middle of the chaos.

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