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O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase across Los Angeles was 19 years ago today

Roger Simmons | From the Sports Editor

Orlando Sentinel

2:29 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

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O.J. Simpson made his slow-speed chase across Los Angeles 19 years ago today.

And it was incredible. Simpson, wanted as a suspect in the muder of his ex-wife Nicole and friend Ronald Goldman, had failed to meet with police earlier in the day. The Los Angeles police then declared the former NFL star a futigive, and a manhunt was launched for him.

Then, someone saw Simpson in what would become the infamous white Ford Bronco, with friend Al Cowlings driving. And within minutes, every major TV network in the nation was showing the live police chase of Simpson. Not just ABC, CBS, NBC and the cable news channels, but also ESPN.

Simpson was reportedly holding a gun to his head while talking with police during the chase.

As up to 20 police units followed Simpson along freeways and side streets, crowds began to gather to cheer on the running back as he ran from the law.

The chase ended when Simpson returned to his home in Brentwood. After some negotiations with police, Simpson surrendered and would later go to trial. In one of the most watched cases in American history, Simpson would be found not guilty in the murders.

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing during Simpson's slow-speed chase in L.A.?

 

 

 

Roger Simmons is the executive sports editor for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via email at rsimmons@orlandosentinel.com. Or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@rogersimmons. Become a fan of the Orlando Sentinel Sports Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/orlandosentinelsports