You don’t find this kind of police chase in the news very often

A Hennessey Velociraptor 6x6 belonging to DJ Marshmello has found itself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The massive custom Ford Raptor with three axles and six wheels featured in one of the most surreal car chases in Los Angeles in recent memory after a lunatic stole it in a local dealership where it was being serviced. The lengthy police pursuit ultimately ended when the driver of the VelociRaptor crashed into a light pole outside of a Taco Bell. The driver’s identity has yet to be released, but he did find himself with plenty of charges on his hands.

How did this whole thing come about?

Before answering that, it’s important to remember that car chases in Los Angeles are about as normal as the long lines at Pink’s, traffic at the 101, and running into drunk people in Spider-Man costumes.

Police chases have become intrinsically part of the living experience in the City of Angels. But this one’s different, in part because we’re talking about arguably the most unique car in the market that recently featured in the Discovery Channel show “Diesel Brothers” and is owned by a celebrity DJ.

According to The Mercury News, the Hennessey Velociraptor 6x6 was being serviced at a dealership when it was unceremoniously jacked by an unidentified driver who thought that he could get away with the deed. For a time, it seemed like he could actually pull it off, too. With the police on his heels, the driver of the Velociraptor headed southbound on the 101 before pulling onto local streets. It drove through Van Nuys and Valley Glen, ignoring traffic lights and driving on the wrong side of the road at times.

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Then it headed to a Taco Bell, driving through the parking lot in a continued attempt to get the po-pos off his back. Unfortunately for him, that was his mistake. With not enough room to navigate the massive 6x6 truck, the driver eventually struck a light pole, knocking it over in the process. He tries to drive off to keep the police chase going but crashing the light pole also resulted in the front passenger tire popping, effectively ending the chase.

To his credit, the driver gave himself up to the police without doing anything stupid. His identity has yet to be revealed, but he was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, possession of a stolen car, and possibly, driving under the influence.

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It’s not the craziest police chase in L.A. we’ve seen — it’s hard to top the O.J. Simpson - Ford Bronco chase — but it is one of the most memorable ones as far as the choice of vehicle is considered. It’s hard enough to spot a Hennessey Velociraptor on the road, but to see one involved in a police chase in Los Angeles? That’s straight out of the Hollywood playbook.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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