John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
A skateboard is not a very good getaway vehicle.
One pioneering dude decided to give it a try on Monday in Van Nuys as he fled from police in an allegedly stolen BMW. A news camera caught him crashing into another vehicle and then bolting out of the driver's-side door with something cradled in his arm. "Is that a gun?" asks a man involved in the filming. Nope: "Skateboard." (A longboard, to be precise.)
The woeful inadequacy of a skateboard as escape vehicle is soon demonstrated, though the perp—dressed in a cap and what look like jorts—makes as good an effort as humanly possible. Though one has to wonder: If it had been Tony Hawk on that board, could he have just ollied over the pickup truck at the end of the video and rolled away into the sunset? (For the historical record, this is at least the fourth time in recent years that someone has skateboarded away from an alleged crime scene in California. It never seems to end well.)