The Chevrolet Corvette is a very capable and surprisingly cheap sports car. A Stingray with 460-horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds will only set you back just over $55,000. Unfortunately, that makes it a relatively affordable high-speed getaway car for criminal activities. Recently, a suspect in a rented red Corvette led police on a high-speed chase through Florida streets and escaped custody. The Corvette comfortably outruns cops on the ground, but no matter how fast your sports car is you can never outrun a helicopter.
Video footage shows the Corvette driving erratically, running through red lights, driving on the wrong side of the road, mounting the median to overtake traffic, and knocking over cones at a construction site. According to WKMG News, the chase started after Florida’s Volusia County Sheriff’s Office made seven arrests in an undercover drug operation.
Deputies spotted the driver of the Corvette “involved in some suspicious activity” and made a traffic stop, but the driver took off at “high rates of speed” almost hitting other cars. The driver pulled into an apartment complex and bailed out and fleed on foot. Police attempted to track the suspect using the helicopter’s FLIR thermal imaging camera, but were unable to find him as he hid under some trees, successfully evading police. A stolen gun, marijuana, heroin, and money was found inside the abandoned Corvette. Another chase that erupted as part of the same drug operation had a more successful conclusion.
The police helicopter tracked a speeding car until the driver and passenger bailed out and ran on-foot. Fortunately, the chopper was able to direct officers to the driver who was trying to hide in an apartment complex.