Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Quote:



 

About five miles back I had a brush with the CHP. Not stopped or pulled over: nothing routine. I always drive properly. 
A bit fast, perhaps, but always with consummate skill and a natural feel for the road that even cops recognize. 
No cop was ever born who isn’t a sucker for a finely-executed high speed controlled drift all the way around 
one of those cloverleaf freeway interchanges.

Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop. 
Your normal speeder will panic and immediately pull over to the side when they see the big red light behind them...
and then they will start apologizing, begging for mercy.

This is wrong. It arouses contempt in the cop-heart. 
The thing to do-when you’re running along about a hundred or so, 
and you suddenly find a red flashing CHP-tracker on your trail-what you want to do then is accelerate
Never pull over at the first siren howl. 
Mash it down and make the bastard chase you at speeds up to 120 all the way to the next exit. 
He will follow. 
But he won’t know what to make of your blinker-signal that you’re about to turn right.

This is to let him know you’re looking for a proper place to pull over and talk... 
Keep signaling and hope for an off-ramp. One of those uphill side loops with a sign saying, “Max speed 25”. 
And the trick, at this point, is to suddenly leave the freeway and take him into the chute at no less than a hundred miles per hour.

He will lock his brakes at about the same time as you lock yours, 
but it will take him a moment to realize he’s about to take a 180-degree turn at this speed... 
But you will be ready for it, braced for the G’s and fast heel-toe work, 
and with any luck at all you will have come to a complete stop off the road at the top of the turn 
and be standing beside your automobile by the time he catches up.

He will not be reasonable at first... but no matter. Let him calm down. 
He will want the first word. Let him have it. His brain will be in turmoil; he may begin jabbering, or even pull his gun. 
Let him unwind; keep smiling. 
The idea is to show him that you were always in total control of yourself and your vehicle...
While he lost control of everything.

It helps to have a police/press badge in your wallet when he calms down enough to ask for your license. 
I had one of these, but I also had a can of Budweiser in my hand. 
Until that moment, I was unaware that I was holding it. I had felt totally on top of the situation... 
But when I looked down and saw the little red evidence-bomb in my hand, I knew I was fucked...

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