Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: With which cars can you win a chase with a police car? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread.
I used a 2002 Ford Mustang Cobra.
I used to do this because I was an idiot, and I never do it now, because my idiocy is now focused on words, and not deeds. Please forgive me.
All chases took place at night, on the interstate, and at speeds in excess of 125 MPH, most police cars in Indiana are limited to a 125 MPH top speed.
22 getaways, 1 reckless driving ticket (144 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone, beaten in court).
The idea was to drive any speed I wanted to drive, and if caught, have a police officer try to catch me. I would get off the Interstate before he saw where I got off the interstate at, or do a U-Turn in the median (dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing) and go the other way at a normal rate of speed.
The reason for night time is they may not be able to get your plate number if you pass them going fast enough. They will not see your face, or the color of your clothes (tinted windows work better at night). They are short staffed, and can’t get enough support cars involved before you disappear. You better disappear fast, every second counts.
I equipped my car with an electric by-pass muffler system which allowed me to make the car very loud, or factory quiet, giving me plausible deniability. It wasn’t me officer!
The headlights were switched independently so I could turn one or the other off and appear to be a different car upon closer inspection.
The taillights were switched independently, and could both be turned off without the headlights being affected. This would effectively disappear my car to a chase vehicle that was far enough away.
I also used a 2002 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor during that time, but never got chased or harassed no matter how fast I was going. It was speed limited to 125 MPH. The car was outfitted with interior strobes and exterior antenna and the elaborate switching for the lights, just to be sure. A police cap sat in the back window ledge and a blue windbreaker with something similar written in bright yellow hung from the coat hanger over the drivers side rear window. If I ever went past an officer while at speed, I would just flash the lights for a second and keep going. Not a second look.
I know I’m going to catch hell for admitting this stuff, but like I said, I was an idiot and I apologize. I know the risks I took with other peoples lives, and I know I will never do that again.
Don’t get the idea that you can do the same and get away with it. I have had extensive professional high speed driving instruction and even then I remember making a lot of mistakes when the adrenalin began pumping. Your equipment has to be the best, as in best tires, brakes, etc.
It isn’t worth risking anyone’s life for an expensive thrill.