Stolen Chevrolet Volt Leads Police On High Speed Chase, Ends In Crash And Arrest – Videos

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Cornered Volt After Chase

Cornered Volt After Chase

A suspect in a stolen Chevrolet Volt led police on a high-speed chase in the Van Nuys, California area on Monday.

The chase ended when police cornered the Volt in a cul-de-sac approximately 45 minutes after the ortdeal began. The trapped Volt attempted to get out, but was promptly met with the front end of a police cruiser.

Police on the scene busted out the window of the Volt and used non-lethal rounds to subdue the driver. The driver was arrested immediately.

Sgt. Megan Glaister with the Los Angeles Police Department issued this statement:

“Waited patiently for him to come out and to see if he would. At some point he was trying to injure himself and at that point we stepped in and used non-lethal force and took him into custody without any incident.”

The officer in the cruiser that was hit by the Volt was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Her condition was reported as “good.”

Source: ABC 7

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47 responses to "Stolen Chevrolet Volt Leads Police On High Speed Chase, Ends In Crash And Arrest – Videos"

  1. ClarksonCote says:

    Poor Volt, and the cruiser even hit it where the charger is located under the bumper. 🙁 🙂

    1. vdiv says:

      Yeah, but it is the police Explorer that started smoking!

      1. ffbj says:

        Steam. When the impact punctures the radiator and hot water hits the engine, it converts to steam.

        1. Nicki says:

          Misinformation. Radiator water does not need to contact the engine exterior to flash to steam.

          1. ffbj says:

            True. But this was an impact.

          2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            Radiator water does not need to contact the engine exterior to flash to steam.

            Right. Just bursting or dislodging a car’s radiator hose can produce this amount of steam.

            1. Raymond J Ramirez says:

              Correct! The coolant is hot under pressure so the rupture upon impact will release the pressure and allow the coolant to flash from liquid to gas state.

  2. SparkEV says:

    Stuff like this is an argument for limited range BEV. Gawd, couldn’t On-Star disable the car remotely?

    1. John says:

      Only if you pay extra for the service….
      Which is ridiculous. If you have the capability to save someones life by remotely disabling a stolen vehicle, you do it whether the owner paid for the service or not. At that point it’s not about vehicle recovery, it’s about saving innocent lives.

      1. theflew says:

        You don’t have to pay for it. The police can contact OnStar, but they would need to know the VIN which they should be able to get using the license plate. This isn’t about recovery of the car, but public safety.

    2. Raymond J Ramirez says:

      I see that the theft and the pursuit happened so quickly that it ended before the Volt owner could place the call. Anyway, OnStar did receive the crash notification!

  3. Vexar says:

    I thought the Volt had navigation. If you’re going to steal a car, steal something with navigation. Sheesh, criminals these days.

    1. bro1999 says:

      Looks like the thief took advantage of the backup camera though (in another video I saw).

  4. David Murray says:

    I wonder if the car was operating on battery or gas at the time.

    1. philip d says:

      That could be a subcategory on Volt Stats.

  5. fotomoto says:

    AutoPilot would have crashed right through that obstruction. 😉

    Too early?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      LOL!

      And here I was feeling a bit guilty about my immediate relief that this “stolen and crashed EV” story is, for once, about some car other than a Tesla.

      Here’s hoping that the policewoman makes a full recovery.

    2. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

      Autopilot would have crashed a Tesla long before it got to the cul-de-sac, 45 minutes after the chase started. 😉

      sven

  6. HAuer says:

    So why is this story HERE?

    1. fotomoto says:

      Interesting question. Possible answers:

      1) It’s an EV (PHEV).
      2) The criminal was inside it.
      3) ergo, it’s insideEV news.

      🙂

      I wonder why ONSTAR wasn’t used to stop it and unlock the doors? Answer: police are still on the phone, “No we don’t have a credit card. No, we don’t want to upgrade. No, we don’t want to hear about your other services…….”

      1. philip d says:

        Then they got put on the XM radio spam phone list.

      2. DJ says:

        It’s funny because it’s true 🙂

    2. no comment says:

      i wondered the same thing. i don’t understand the point of these kinds of articles, but they keep showing up in this forum. these kinds of articles seem more like “filler” articles to me. they are really more about the person(s) driving the vehicle. people get into accidents, people drive recklessly, people steal cars…unless there is some connection between the incident and the fact that the car is a *ev then why are these kinds of articles published here?

  7. Michael Will says:

    Volt and high speed chase ? Lol that thing doesn’t even go above 100mph does it ?

    1. vdiv says:

      It does, 101. That’s not high-enough on residential 35 mph streets for you?

  8. Fiure Inguinal says:

    Why is this story worth posting? Certain contributors must be getting paid by the article.

    1. bro1999 says:

      What, did you want another “Tesla smashes into building” or “Tesla catches fire” article instead?

      1. Nix says:

        If this were a Tesla story, we would already be knee-deep in posts blaming the car for not take over control and avoiding the collision with the police car.

        But since it isn’t a Tesla, nobody holds the Volt to that same standard of expectation….

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          All too true, on both counts.

        2. no comment says:

          it is odd that you would write that statement given the article above. if you read the article and see language like:

          “The trapped Volt attempted to get out, but was promptly met with the front end of a police cruiser.”

          you would think that it was the Volt that was doing the driving and the “driver” was just sitting there spectating.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            Yup. I had to go back and re-read that sentence to make sure I understand it correctly. It does imply the car is in control of its own actions, rather than the driver! (Someday, but not yet.)

            A Grammar Nazi’s work is never done. 😉

            1. no comment says:

              the way this article is written, it not only implies self-driving, but it implies that the car has the ability to form intent. in this case, the Volt was presumably able to assess the situation and determine that it needed to find a way to escape the situation.

              that’s “hal” stuff…

              1. Raymond J Ramirez says:

                The reporter did worse! He describes the Volt as an “electric car with four motors , one at each wheel” and with “All wheel drive”.

                Definitely he doesn’t know anything about the Chevy Volt (which is on sale since December 2010), except that it is “electric”.

  9. Breezy says:

    Why wouldn’t the story be here?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      The issue is whether or not a website that calls itself “InsideEVs” should cover this sort of “police blotter” stuff, or if that’s just a waste of time.

      Really, you could substitute the word “Volt” in the story for pretty much any ordinary gasmobile. The fact it happens to be an EV is almost entirely irrelevant to the story.

      That said, I do understand why InsideEVs runs this type of story. Most viewers of the website are not we relatively few hardcore “usual suspects”; most are casual viewers or even first-time visitors. It’s understandable that for such web surfers, this sort of article might be more likely to attract their attention than a deep dive into the intricacies of EV technology.

      And hey, nobody is putting a gun to our heads and making us read these police blotter articles.

  10. Bacardi says:

    Awaiting the story where an idiot tries to hotwire the car and electrocutes themselves!

    1. Raymond J Ramirez says:

      You can “hotwire” the Volt, or ANY EV, and not electricute yourself! You are weak in the “elctricity knowledge” department!

  11. abc123 says:

    Couple things I noticed:

    1. Why are the majority of the cops bald?
    2. Was it necessary for the cop to fire the shotgun?
    3. There should be a faster way for police to get Onstar to disable the car.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      abc123 asked:

      “Was it necessary for the cop to fire the shotgun?”

      If they’re gonna fire beanbag rounds, to subdue the thief rather than shoot bullets at him, then yeah, it’s necessary to fire a shotgun. Just throwing the beanbag at him probably wouldn’t have the desired effect… 😉

    2. no comment says:

      2. Was it necessary for the cop to fire the shotgun?
      —————
      a: yes, it was necessary, the police officer was obviously “in feared for his life”. the thing that is most surprising is that he apparently didn’t use live rounds. police in that area have murdered people for a lot less than this. actually, it looks like the officers in this case showed reasonable constraint. the car thief was driving like an absolute madman; it is very fortunate that nobody got killed.

  12. Goaterguy says:

    It looks like Chevy has one upped Toyota!

    1. Kdawg says:

      That’s what I was going to say. More exciting than the Prius chase.

    2. Raymond J Ramirez says:

      A Prius will NEVER catch a Volt! Not even a group or Prius can do it!

  13. Kent says:

    I enjoy reading these articles so I don’t mind it showing up on this website.

    For those of you who don’t, it’s very easy to skip it. You don’t have to read it.

  14. AlphaEdge says:

    Moral of the story: Don’t steal a Volt you dolt!

  15. Tony Marco says:

    Jay,

    You guys missed the 23 other cars stolen on the same day across America! You guys are losing your edge!

    BTW, great reporting! :-/

    Up next, Nissan Leaf outsmarts police in turtle mode…..stay tuned!

  16. speculawyer says:

    GTA V in Los Santos!