California state police arrested a man on Tuesday after allegedly assaulting a police officer, then leading cops on a long, winding, sorta high-speed chase from behind the wheel of a dump truck.
The dump truck chase, which like many police chases in California these days was broadcast live to the world, captivated its online audience. It's easy to understand why. State police followed an unidentified suspect through southern Riverside and San Diego counties while news choppers watched from above. The driver allegedly tried to run over a police officer, according to initial reports, and the dump truck might have been stolen. Plus, it's not every day you see a high speed chase with a big-rig dump truck. Despite the numerous laws being broken, no injuries were reported.
The police had limited options to put an end to the chase because the suspect drove, well ... a freaking dump truck. Police speaking with KNBC, the local affiliate streaming the chase, explained that typical police tactics for high-speed chases, like spike strips and PIT maneuvers, would not work against the dump truck. A spike strip would cause the dump truck to possibly lose control, endangering the other drivers. A PIT maneuver — when a police car attempts to force a car to stop by hitting its side — would not work because the dump truck is impervious to police cars. It would merely crush them.