News, L.A. has been enthralled by car chases for about as long as we’ve had cars on roads : detailed suggestions and opinions about L.A. has been enthralled by car chases for about as long as we’ve had cars on roads .
Come on — you know you watch them. We all do now and then, even if it’s just because we happen upon one while spinning the channels.
Thirty or 40 seconds in, we’re hooked. And then we’re stuck taking the ride to the end, whatever that turns out to be: until the chase ends, until the newscast ends, or until we feel disgusted at having fallen for it again and change the channel.
The televised real-time police chase — writer Mary Melton, in Los Angeles magazine, once called it our “longest-running reality series.”
Last Friday night, just in time for the 10 o’clock news, a bold motorcyclist owned the airwaves as he raced along streets and highways in Eagle Rock, Glendale, Burbank, Hollywood, skirting the Los Angeles River, into Universal Studios. Once, he appeared to lose a shoe and stopped to put it back on.
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