• Sep 23rd 2009 at 2:00PM
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Here's the facts: Two Canadian men in a Porsche 997 encountered a woman (who jumped in front of their car) claiming that a man in a nearby Pontiac Wave (that's a Chevrolet Aveo to me and you) had just tried to assault her. The woman climbed in the back of the 997, and with the police on the phone, the Porsche boys chased the Pontiac all over Ottawa at speeds up to 170 km/h (around 105 mph). The chase, which sometimes involved residential roads, lasted about 20 minutes with the perp finally heading the wrong way through a McDonald's drive through and entering a roadblock set up by the police.

Now, of course, the police knew where the Pontiac was because of the actions of the men in the Porsche. And therein lies the dilemma. In Canada, "some [are] hailing the men as heroes while others are denouncing them as reckless cowboys." Ottawa Police Chief Vern White says that the dispatcher should have told the men in the Porsche to stop their pursuit – but didn't. As far as heroics, "When they put her in the back of the car, that was heroism," White said. "What happened after wasn't." Your thoughts? Thanks to Ben for the tip!

[Source: TheStar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Like any red-blooded American (whoops Canadian) male is gonna pass this up. If she was hot, then damn the torpedoes. Lock me up, take my license, who gives a crap. This is exactly why you buy a sports car, particularly a heap-helping of Bruce, to save the damsel in distress.Porsche should pay the ensuing legal bills, better advertising than Papa John's Camaro!

      Now if the girl had been picked up in California in a gray primered van, she never would have been seen again!
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG so reckless!!!

      Who do these guys think they are taking responsibility???

      • 6 Years Ago
      The real question is how'd she fit in the backseats?
      • 6 Years Ago
      anyone else imagine this as a scene from the next "bad boys" installment? definitely believe that these guys did the right thing, and the fact that they got to do this in a porsche is even better!
        • 6 Years Ago
        kudos to BoxerFanatic. Question is not whether they are heroes or vigilantes, rather whether what was responsible - leaving a rapist unopposed or making sure he will not be able to escape.

        After all, it is your citizen duty not to allow such thing when practicable. And they guys got nuts and the hardware to do just what was needed.

        Understand, I would have been more concerned if the police instead of the guy in the Porsche picked the initial pursuit. As with firearms, citizens often have better track record with shooting and driving - especially I expect a Porsche driver to have better chance of 'safe' pursuit than someone in Crown Vic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "THAT is how you drive!... From now on, THATS HOW YOU DRIVE!!!"

        marcus: "You have the right to remain silent..."
        mike: "what are you doin?"
        marcus: "just gettin' it out'the way!"

        AWD Porsches should be used more often as police interceptors.

        And civilians acting in response to crime is more responsible than irresponsible. Bad things can happen no matter what...

        risk a traffic accident, or risk losing someone, and leaving them loose to go on to rape someone else later... Which is more likely?

        A perp going on to offend again is more likely... and any perp with half a brain cell will just be more careful the next time, and then might actually succeed at such a despicable crime.

        The citizens showed heroism, or at least bravery. People crying about traffic accidents are just looking for something to complain about. A traffic accident can happen at 25mph, too. I am much more adverse to drunk driving at any speed, than a legitimate chase by a competent driver, citizen or police.

        They weren't exactly vigilantes either, as they did not punish the person themselves, without law enforcement. They just facilitated the alleged assailant's capture by the RCMP. There is no reason to think that even if they would have solely caught the man, that the Porsche people would not have held him, or brought him to the RCMP.

      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to ask this question: Do you think we would all be talking about this story if the heroes / vigilantes were driving a 1998 Civic DX instead of a new Porsche ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd like to think we still would. But all of us would be suprised that both cars were able to reach 105mph at certain times.

      • 6 Years Ago
      105 mph in an Aveo?
      • 6 Years Ago
      They did the right thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why didn't the lady just pull out her pocket gun, and refuse the 'favor'?
      She could have thanked the gentleman for the ride, and bid him a good day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        See 2 above. We don't carry in Canada...
      • 6 Years Ago
      H E R O E S
      • 6 Years Ago
      Most heroic parts of the story: Aveo at 105mph and adult in the back of a 997.

      Other than that, I have no problem with this.

      Wanna prevent "cowboy vigilantism"? Try working hard to solve crimes for people. If the public had a reason to believe that a plate and a picture were enough to ensure these guys got caught, there'd be less of an incentive to give chase.

      Having had 3 cars stolen with bubkiss for help from the cops, I assure you I'm taking matters into my own hands if I see my car taking off without my authorization.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bottom line is, They are only hero's if they succeed and a careless fools if they didn't...
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