Officer Davis, a seasoned police officer, was well-known for always following the rules. One sunny afternoon, he noticed a fast-moving car on the highway. Without hesitation, Davis began chasing it with his siren blaring.
When the speedy car finally stopped, he approached it carefully. But he wondered, who was the person driving?
Davis felt his heart racing as he slowly moved toward the white car with his gun in hand. He hadn’t used his firearm in a long time, but he understood the need for caution.
With the car unregistered, he couldn’t afford to take any risks…
Hands Out of the Car
There was no sign of movement from the car, so Davis yelled for the driver to place the keys on the roof and put their hands out of the window. After some hesitation, the driver complied. It seemed like the game was over…
When Officer Davis finally reached the car window, he couldn’t believe his eyes. He uttered, “You!? What are you doing here…?”
But who was behind the wheel of the white car, and why had Davis been so anxious approaching it?
The small town was usually peaceful. Officer Davis had served in the local police force for nearly 20 years, and there hadn’t been many noteworthy incidents. Most of his time was spent on highway patrol, checking passing cars during rush hours.
But this day was different…
Friday Evening Rush
Normally, even during rush hours, the road remained relatively quiet. The town saw limited traffic, except on Friday afternoons when city workers and students returned for the weekend.
Officer Davis recognized this as the prime time for issuing tickets. His supervisor had been pressing him to generate more revenue, so Davis had become stricter in enforcing traffic laws in recent years.
He was willing to issue tickets for even the smallest violations.
Officer Davis’s Unpopularity
Word had spread among the locals about their disapproval of Officer Davis. They even began informing each other of his location to avoid traffic violations near him. However, the car Davis pulled over today was an outsider…
The Community Keeping Tabs
Since people shared his whereabouts, Davis hadn’t been able to issue as many tickets as he wished over the past week, causing him frustration. He wanted to avoid another reprimand from his superior, so he needed a solution, and fast…
Issuing Random Tickets
In a desperate move, he began stopping drivers who were only slightly speeding, like those overtaking other vehicles on the highway. Many drivers got upset because they believed they were in the right, but Davis paid no mind. He even handed out tickets for minor infractions to the angriest drivers.
A Sudden Noise
While he was in the middle of writing up a driver who had committed no apparent violation along the highway, he suddenly heard an approaching noise. It was rapidly closing in, and if he hadn’t glanced up in time, he might have missed it entirely…
The Speeding White Car
A sleek white luxury car shot past, easily doubling the speed limit. The rush of wind it created nearly knocked Davis off his feet. He was left utterly stunned, as he had never witnessed such high speeds on an ordinary highway before.
Checking the Camera
The man he was ticketing became even angrier when Davis allowed the speeding driver to go without a ticket. Davis told him to be quiet and quickly issued the ticket. He needed to check his high-speed camera…
The car had vanished from sight just a few seconds after it sped past him. He hadn’t caught the license plate or even seen the car’s make and model, except that it was an expensive, all-white vehicle. Perhaps his camera could provide more details.
Partial Plate Number
He had set up his camera to capture any speeding vehicle. Fortunately, it managed to capture the last four digits of the license plate, which might be enough to track it down.
Utilizing Police Databases
Davis continued issuing a few more minor offense tickets during rush hour, but his mind was fixated on the white car. He was determined to find it and ensure the driver faced the consequences. To do that, he needed access to the station’s databases.
A Search for Information
Back at the station, Davis immediately sat down at the computer to search for more details. All vehicles in the U.S. should be registered in the database, so it was just a matter of time before he located it.
A Single Promising Match
He entered the known characters of the license plate and was presented with about 100 results. He checked them one by one to see if any were associated with white cars, and seven of them were. However, only one resembled the car he had seen that day.
Identifying a White Honda Civic Sport
It was a brand-new white Honda Civic Sport. Davis felt like he had struck gold and that he was closing in on confronting the reckless driver. However, he soon encountered a major hurdle that would make tracking down the driver much more challenging.
The database indicated that both the car and the license plate were unregistered. This meant that the system recognized the car’s existence but couldn’t provide Davis with any information about its owner or origin. It was a disappointing setback for Officer Davis, but he wasn’t ready to give up just yet…
This particular car model was incredibly new, having been released only about a year ago. This meant that the owner likely purchased it brand new or it might have had just one previous owner. When Davis researched the model in general, he found that there were only around 250 brand-new editions available for sale in their state and the neighboring states.
Davis decided to compile a list of all the dealerships that had sold this type of car, hoping that one of them had information on the corresponding license plate. If he could find that, he would finally identify the speeding driver.
It was too late to call anyone that day, but Davis planned to put in extra hours the following day to contact each dealership if necessary. This investigation had ignited a level of motivation in him that he hadn’t felt in a long time. It was a far more energizing pursuit than issuing tickets to innocent drivers.
On Saturday, Davis spent about two hours making calls to various dealerships. He finally struck gold when he quoted the license plate to one of them. The line went quiet for a moment, and Davis received the response he had been hoping for. The dealership recognized the car he was talking about.
The dealership was located in the neighboring state, roughly a six-hour drive away from the small town. Davis had his pen and paper ready to jot down the buyer’s information. However, the dealership had unexpected and disappointing news for the officer…
A Stolen Vehicle
The dealership couldn’t provide any buyer information because the car had not been purchased. It had been stolen just the previous day. Someone had carjacked it on a Friday morning and disappeared without a trace. The dealership had reported the theft to the police, but no action had been taken yet…
The Mystery Unraveled
Suddenly, everything made sense. The reason the car was speeding so much was that the highway Davis patrolled was close to the state’s edge. The thief likely wanted to cross state lines quickly, making it harder for the police to catch them.
Unlikely to See the Car Again
Davis realized that he probably wouldn’t see the car again. If the driver wasn’t from the area, there was no reason for them to return to the same highway. It felt like all his efforts had been in vain…
Reporting to the Police
Davis reported his findings to the police handling the stolen car case, thinking it was the end of the story. He expected to return to issuing tickets for minor offenses along the highway. However, Davis was about to be proven wrong…
Only a Week Later
It only took about a week, a week filled with monotonous highway patrol work that left Davis frustrated and questioning his job’s longevity. But during the Friday afternoon rush hours, he experienced a strong sense of déjà vu…
Waiting in His Car
This time, Davis wasn’t writing up another driver. He was sitting in his police car, waiting for someone to ticket. Then he heard a familiar sound in the distance, a powerful roar. Something was speeding down the highway, and Davis knew there was only one car it could be…
Hitting the Road
He accelerated and merged onto the highway, his heart racing. Even at the speed limit, he could hear the approaching car gaining on him. Finally, he spotted a white speck in his rearview mirror…
The Same White Honda
It was the same car he had been obsessing over for the past week – the white Honda Civic Sport. It was now going at least twice the speed limit. Davis took a deep breath; it was time to act.
Attempting to Block the Car
Davis initially tried to stay in the left lane to prevent the white car from passing. He was ready to activate his pullover sign, but the Honda driver didn’t give him a chance. The road wasn’t too crowded, and the driver effortlessly overtook Davis on the right.
The Chase Begins
Now Davis knew he had to give chase. Fortunately, he had anticipated this and had already built up some speed. But he would need to push the car to its limits to even have a chance of keeping up. His driving skills were about to be put to the test.
At this moment, Davis wasn’t in a marked police car but an undercover vehicle. However, this car was just as fast, if not faster, on straight roads. He needed all that speed to catch up to the white Honda, which was already pulling away from him.
Activating the Police Light
In a risky move, Davis rolled down his window and attempted to activate the police light on top of his car while driving at full speed down the highway. It wasn’t easy, as the wind threatened to pull his arm off, but he managed to do it.
Navigating Through Traffic
With his siren blaring, it became easier to navigate through traffic and close in on the Honda. The few cars on the road quickly made way, and the white car had to weave through traffic, slowing it down. It didn’t take long for Davis to get almost on its bumper.
He also had a stop sign that could be raised in his front window. He tried this as soon as the Honda was in sight, but as expected, it didn’t slow the vehicle down. This driver clearly had no intention of following the rules, and Davis was running out of options.
Calling for Backup
While in pursuit, Davis called for backup, but in these parts of the country, it could be challenging to get assistance quickly. The station was trying to get a helicopter into the sky to match the car’s speed, but until then, Davis had to stay with the vehicle so they could track his location.
Evading the Police
However, that was easier said than done, especially now that the driver knew the police were behind him. Davis could tell from the way the Honda was driven that the driver was attempting to lose him. The car switched lanes frequently and suddenly exited the highway.
Exiting the Highway
Davis had to react instantly and nearly made it to the exit lane, slamming on the brakes in the process. The driver seemed fearless. Davis regained his composure and continued the chase, knowing he couldn’t afford to lose focus.
The pursuit was becoming more difficult and dangerous. They had left the highway, where high speeds were possible but not necessarily safe. Now they were heading toward towns, and if the car sped through neighborhoods, the potential for damage was unknown.
A Critical Decision
Davis understood that he needed to make a quick decision. He hadn’t lost much ground on the Honda and believed he could catch up. He was a confident driver and trusted his tires. But getting in front of the car would be challenging, and help was still nowhere close.
The Chopper Closes In
Davis believed the chopper was getting closer, but within moments, he received the excellent news that a police helicopter was already airborne and nearby. The chopper would likely be above them within minutes, and this bolstered Davis’s confidence.
The Nearest Town
The closest town was about 10 minutes away, so he had some time to act after the chopper arrived. Davis had a plan, knowing it wouldn’t be easy, but he was prepared to take risks to stop this reckless driver.
Waiting for the Right Moment
He needed to stay on the tail of the white Honda until the opportune moment arrived. When he heard on the radio that the chopper had spotted the vehicle, Davis knew it was now or never. He took a deep breath and made his move…
Executing His Maneuver
He accelerated his car even more and closed in on the Honda until he was nearly bumper to bumper. Just before the collision, he swerved to the left so that the front of his car aligned with the Honda’s rear, and then swiftly veered to the right…
Impact with the Honda
He struck the back of the white Honda forcefully, causing both cars to spin out immediately. At their high speed, there was no way to stop either vehicle. Now it was a matter of hope and prayer that Davis’s car wouldn’t end up wrapped around a tree.
Ready for the Crash
Davis closed his eyes and braced for the impact. Seconds later, he was struck in the face by the airbag as the car spun off the road and eventually came to a stop. He was briefly knocked out by the crash but fortunately regained consciousness quickly.
After realizing what had transpired, he checked himself and found no serious injuries. He swiftly exited the car to inspect the white Honda. It didn’t take long for him to spot the smoking vehicle…
The white Honda was stationary in the middle of the road, facing the wrong way. Surprisingly, apart from the point of impact, the car didn’t appear to have much damage. It had miraculously avoided hitting anything or anyone during the spinout.
Hoping the Driver Wasn’t Gone
Davis hoped and prayed that the driver hadn’t escaped. When he glanced up, he saw the police chopper still hovering in place. It clearly wasn’t pursuing anyone who had exited the car, indicating that the driver was likely still inside.
Approaching the Car
Davis, despite his injuries, hurried up to the car window with his weapon drawn. He shouted at the driver to exit the vehicle with their hands up. Initially, there was no response, but as Davis got closer, he noticed that the driver’s hands were on the car’s dashboard, unmoving.
Concern for the Driver
As Davis reached the window, he was concerned that the driver might be seriously injured or worse. However, when he saw what was actually happening inside, he couldn’t believe his eyes. This was the last thing he expected to find…
A Surprising Discovery
To his astonishment, there was no human behind the wheel at all; it was a dummy! Unable to raise its hands or place the keys on top of the car. Davis was left bewildered, wondering how a doll managed to skillfully operate the car.
A Mysterious Device
As Davis inspected the car further, he noticed a strange device on the driver’s side floor, connected to the car by numerous wires. He still didn’t fully understand what had occurred, but he began to suspect that the car was being remotely controlled.
Davis was completely perplexed by the situation. He couldn’t comprehend how this was possible. Who or what was controlling the car? The way it evaded him on the highway seemed nearly impossible if it was just a doll or a machine.
Calling for Assistance
Davis knew one thing for certain: he needed technical support immediately. The car also had to be removed from the road promptly, as it was causing traffic jams in both directions, with long lines of vehicles forming.
Clearing the Road
A tow truck from the nearby city arrived promptly to move the car to the side of the road, and the technical service team came shortly after. To Davis’s surprise, they had encountered similar situations a few times before, although not in this vicinity or for such purposes.
Many individuals were experimenting with self-driving technology, and making older cars autonomous was a popular topic among developers. Various machines like the one found were in development by independent innovators.
However, it was evident that this person was misusing their invention.
Car Theft Scheme
A prevailing theory emerged to explain the situation. It seemed likely that the owner of the self-driving machine was taking new cars for test drives and covertly installing these devices during the tests. Later, they could activate the car in the dead of night and drive away.
Identifying the Suspect
If this theory held, it could help in identifying the culprit. Car dealerships kept records of test drivers and their test drives, making it easier to pinpoint who had last test-driven this Honda.
The dealership quickly provided Davis with a name. Although the person wasn’t known to the police, they managed to locate an address promptly. Officers arrived at his door within an hour to make the arrest.
The man initially denied the bizarre allegations but a search of his house led to the discovery of a controller and additional machines, which were prototypes, similar to the ones found in the car.
The innovator had no way to deny the truth any longer. He decided to come clean, confirming that the police’s theory was accurate. However, what neither he nor the police had anticipated was why the car returned to the same spot.
Joyride Gone Awry
The reason the car returned was because the man was having too much fun speeding in the vehicle. He believed nobody could catch him, and if he was set to be caught, he planned to drive the car into the water to destroy his machine and the evidence.
His actual intention when he left the highway was to reach the water, not the town. However, when Davis collided with the car’s rear, it lost all power, leaving the man no choice but to wait for the truth to come out.
No Escape Attempt
He could have tried to escape, but he thought he would eventually be caught, so he decided to stay put. The man was swiftly arrested and now awaits trial for putting numerous lives at risk on the road. Officer Davis earned a lot more respect in his city for his role in solving this case.