Gotta Watch: Infamous runaways
The nation anxiously watched as O.J. Simpson led police on a low-speed car chase in 1994.
June 17th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Infamous runaways

It may be the most memorable car chase ever. On June 17th, 1994, O.J. Simpson led California police on a low-speed chase down a Los Angeles highway. Viewers nationwide were glued to their televisions as they waited to see what would happen to the football great-turned-murder suspect.  The anniversary reminded us about other notable people who ran away from the law. You've gotta watch some of these infamous runaways.


The quirky Quaids – This could possibly be the most bizarre runaway story ever. Let's start at the beginning. Back in September 2009, actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, were arrested for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper in California.   The Quaids made arrangements to appear in court, but never showed up.  When they failed to appear in court again, arrest warrants were issued for the couple. They were subsequently detained in April 2010, but were later released. In September 2010, the Quaids were accused of burglary in another case, arrested again and posted bail.  They failed to appear for a court hearing on the new charges and, by October, had gone to Canada.  In this clip, Randy Quaid explains why he and his wife left the U.S.

The end of a shoeless police chase – After eluding authorities for years, police finally caught the fugitive accused of being the "Barefoot Bandit." Authorities nabbed him back in 2010 following a high-speed boat chase in the Bahamas. CNN's Susan Candiotti recounts the details that led up to his arrest.

Infamous low-speed chase – We couldn't write an entire blog based off of O.J. Simpson's infamous police chase without at least giving you a chance to watch it. Here's the low-speed chase that ultimately led to Simpson's arrest on murder charges.

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  1. Casey Post

    Lee Anthony recalled his sister saying, “she couldn’t believe it was happening, and it felt kind of surreal to her,” he testified. She said she did nothing to stop her child from being taken, he recounted, because “she was scared and she didn’t know what to do.”

    His sister told him from time to time, Gonzalez would contact her through Casey Anthony’s MySpace page and direct her as to what to do and where to go. She went to the locations, she said, in hopes of seeing or retrieving her daughter but was never successful in finding her.

    Casey Anthony’s account as related by Lee Anthony differed markedly from the one she gave authorities after Caylee was reported missing. She maintained to police she dropped the child off at the nanny’s apartment that morning and never saw her again.

    Authorities were never able to find the nanny. They did find a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez, who denied ever meeting Casey Anthony or Caylee and later sued for defamation.

    “Zanny never materialized?” Baez asked Lee Anthony Thursday. “To this day, no,” he replied.

    Lee Anthony also testified Thursday that he was the one searching the Internet on the Anthony family computer July 15 and 16, 2008. A computer examiner testified Wednesday that no searches for Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez were found on the computer until July 16 — dealing a potential blow to Casey Anthony’s claims to authorities that she was frantically searching for her daughter in the month before her disappearance was reported.

    Computer experts testified Wednesday that in March, someone using the desktop computer, located in the home Casey Anthony shared with her parents, searched for terms including “chloroform,” “inhalation,” “how to make chloroform” and “head injury.”

    The searches were found in a portion of the computer’s hard drive that indicated they had been deleted, Detective Sandra Osborne of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office testified Wednesday.

    However, she told jurors, deleted material remains on a computer’s hard drive and can be retrieved until it is overwritten by new data. It had not been overwritten on the Anthonys’ computer, she said, and “a complete Internet history” was obtained.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Canadian Genius

    In retrospect, they should have just gunned OJ down.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • jon

      If they weren't going to gun down OJ during the police chase, at least throw tear gas at all the pathetic onlookers along the freeway in LA cheering him on. HE KILLED TWO INNOCENT PEOPLE. They treated him as if he was Martin Luther King Jr. resurrected. You know what I'm talking about.

      June 17, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Highway Patrolman

    All of our practice and testing is done on closed courses at high speeds, so these low-speed pursuits are difficult. Everything happens so slowly.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Snidley Whiplash

    @Canadian Genius. O.J. was a well known suspect in an ongoing murder investigation. We didn't assassinate murder suspects back then. (OBL)

    June 17, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. CSnSC

    Yeah but low speed chases mean easy overtime !

    June 17, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Royal Canadian Mounty

    Low-speed chases are our forte. It took one mounty 45 minutes to finish his all-you-can-eat milktoast before he even began to pursue! Turned out it was a drunk hockey fan getting away on a porta-potty.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u

    That slow motion chase had to be the stupidist thing ever. OJ ducked down in the back seat with a gun to his head, saying he would shoot himself if they stopped his car. They should have stopped him and saved all that tax payer money for the former trial of the century. The new trial of the century being Caset Anthony.

    June 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    @Casey Post, and that has what to do with the topic?

    June 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    and ellis 99%? whats the other l%? idiot! i for one dont care about ur preferance and am tired of hearing it. thats all u ever have to say cant u plz go to a website that enjoys that conversation?

    June 19, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. bubba

    OJ .....He finally goofed up and got caught. He is in prison and I hope he ponders daily on what he did. Lets just forget OJ, he is old history and worth watching the chase or anything else about him. This is a whole new century and he is watching from bars on his penthouse prison cell.

    June 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |