In the introduction to Top Gear’s Known for the challenge of a cheap police car, Jeremy Clarkson operated on the rather non-dramatic nature of the British police compared to their American counterparts. I couldn’t help but think of this while watching this video of the West Midlands police chasing a man driving a stolen 996-generation Porsche 911 GT3. This is as sad as it is involuntarily funny.
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Sad, obviously, because we hate to see such a cool car stolen and damaged in the process of catching the thief ̵
As it turned out, the driver of the GT3 turned at a roundabout, which allowed the police to catch up with the driver, and eventually a car hit him in a snow bank. At this point, the GT3 is really struggling for traction as it pushes the car off the speed limiter, turning its wheels. A cop then smashes a GT3 window and catches the thief.
“We arrested a car thief after a dramatic chase in downtown Birmingham – and had the driver locked up just two hours after he stole a Porsche 911,” West Midlands police said in an online statement. “The high-performance car bounced off and fired through a red light. But driver Lee Smith will soon realize that rear-wheel drive Porsches don’t do too well on snowy, icy January roads!”
We hope that the car will be returned in perfect health, because if it is a real 996 GT3 – and I believe it is, given the sound and its unique bucket seats – this is one of the best 911s of all time. And for potential thieves from the West Midlands, let this be a warning – the police will take you and they will do it in an unusually calm way.
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