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SHE HAD 'A FULL TANK' 130 M.P.H. on Four Freeways- ---and Police Cars Eat Dust 

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From the October 1970 Buick Bugle


SHE HAD 'A FULL TANK'
130 M.P.H. on Four Freeways-
---and Police Cars Eat Dust 


It was a little after 3 a.m. Tuesday on nearly deserted Los Angeles freeways but the scene was right out of the Indy 500.
Out In front and leading the pack at 130 m.p.h. was Mrs. Judith Matineau, a 23-year-old housewife from Pell Lake, Wis., in a 1963 Buick.
She slowed down to 105 m.p.h. only to change freeways.
Right behind her, running neck and neck, were two highway patrolmen in late-model Mercury's.
A third highway patrolman was tailing them in a new Dodge.
And bringing up the rear, with the accelerator down to the floorboards, was a Los Angeles policeman in a battered Plymouth.
The officers' cars were equipped with big souped-up engines. Mrs. Matineau's seven year old car had a standard eight cylinder engine- apparently well tuned.
The chase began on the. Long Beach Freeway at Carson 51., just outside the Long Beach city limits  at 3:03 a.m. when Highway Patrolmen Merlin Scott and David Carter spotted tbe Buick traveling at high speed.
As the three cars streaked onto the Santa Ana Freeway at more than 100 m.p.h. the two officers knew they had a race on their hands. They radioed for help.
They were on the Golden State Freeway next, then the Ventura Freeway. It was straight going now and Mrs. Martineau began to speed up.
By this time the Dodge and the Plymoouth had joined the chase.
 Mrs, Martineau showed considerable skill as a race driver, the pursuing officers said later. Whenever a patrol car would try to get alongside of her. she gunned up and maneuvered in front of the vehicle, keeping it behind her.
The highway patrolman in the Dodge, who had now passed the two Mercurys and found himself in No.2 position, finally saw an opening. He pulled alongside Mrs. Martineau and forced her into making a pit stop at Tampa Ave in Tarzana.
The pursuit covered 43 miles on four free ways.
Officers Scott and Carter said Mrs. Martineau told them: "I had a good car, a full tank of gas and I just thought I'd like to go."
And go she did-to the lockup at the Sybil Brand Institute for Women where she was booked on suspecion of drunken driving.

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19 hours ago, Bill Stoneberg said:

Mrs, Martineau showed considerable skill as a race driver, the pursuing officers said later.

 

She had experienced a broken Buick motor mount before. All you can do is ride it out.

 

I have one of these Chevies, same as a Roadmaster of that vintage. The video is great.

 

It is really hard to watch this video with a twin to that car sitting right outside my back door and not just grab the keys.

Bernie

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Hah, the news chopper couldn't keep up!!  Them Impalas have loooong legs.

 

I got stopped in my 96 late one night, but I was only doing 90  - on a freeway that was empty, smooth and straight.  But I had my collar on, and it really was an emergency. 

 

I was just exiting the freeway for the hospital when I saw the lights.  After some awkward first moments, I got a gentle chewing out and an offer to escort me the remaining blocks to the hospital.  I politely declined.  

 

There were no witnesses, but I'll swear to this one... 

 

BTW, it was a kid with concussion and lapsing into a coma, and a family I knew well.  Kid pulled through, and knows the story.  The little turd almost got me thrown into the clink.

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