Diatribe: Stopping To Pet Cats While You’re Being Chased By Cops.
One day, many years ago, on my drive home from the office two motorcycles passed me on the highway at a dangerously fast speed. They flew by and continued to swerve from lane to lane as they progressed forward within the flow of cars ahead of me. Not long afterward I saw flashing lights in my rear-view mirror. I quickly realized that they were being chased by police and moved to the right hand lane, as did other drivers, to let them pass.
“Where do they think they’re going?” I wondered to myself. “Do they really think they’ll make a miraculous escape as if they’re on television?”
Last week, 21-year-old Daniel Pinedo-Velapatino allegedly stole $15,000 from a friend. Just hours after the friend reported the cash missing, Delray Beach, Florida, police attempted to pull over a man speeding in a silver Lexus. The driver turned out to be Pinedo-Velapatino, the Lexus was stolen and Xanax, morphine and oxycodone pills were later found inside. A chase ensued down a highway and onto a dead-end road where Pinedo-Velapatino crashed into a fire hydrant, hit an officer’s car twice and got stuck in mud. Yet, he managed to escape on foot, jumping fences, swimming through canals, running across yards and ending up at the home of Candace Noonan and her husband.
Claiming to be a thirsty landscaper, the fugitive asked Mrs. Noonan for a glass of water. While she brought him a bottle of water to drink, he sat on her living room floor to play with her cats.
“It was odd, very odd. He was stroking my cat. It almost looked like he either was on drugs or he was mentally handicapped.” – Candace Noonan
As he sat on her floor petting her cat and drinking water, Mrs. Noonan became suspicious and called authorities.
As police closed in, Pinedo-Velapatino ran off again and ended up in a nearby canal where they were able to arrest him. He now faces charges including grand theft, fleeing and eluding, possession of various drugs and other charges.
Pinedo-Velapatino confessed to taking the money from his friend and told police that he needed cash to pay back his mother.
I never found out what happened to those two motorcyclists. I imagine if they had stopped to pet cats during their high-speed chase it would have made the local news.
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