On Tuesday, July 10, a middle school teacher led police officers in a high-speed chase which ended with a totaled pickup truck. When an investigation for child-endangerment was being conducted, the suspect decided to run by jumping into his truck and fleeing the scene. Officials followed the man through different roads and freeways, ending the chase when the suspect’s car veered from the road and crashed into a tree.
Kip Arnold, a physical education teacher in the city of Bell was being investigated for questionable acts with a former student. Bell police officers were watching Arnold outside his home preparing to arrest him when Arnold ran to his car and sped out of the scene.
The fleeing suspect led cops through multiple roadways and the Interstate 405, Interstate 10, and Pacific Coast Highway freeways. While all of this happened, a TV news helicopter followed the teacher around the roads with cameras capturing his every move.
As the chase continued, a brief standoff between the police and the driver took place. One police car bumped Arnold’s pickup truck into a semi. The suspect stopped briefly to tell the cops,
I’m not stopping, I’m suicidal.” Shortly thereafter, Arnold drove off again.
Near the end of the chase, footage has caught Arnold’s vehicle veering off the road. He was currently in the Rolling Hills Estates area when his car crashed through a fence, was briefly airborne, and then crashed into the trees.
Firefighters had to free him from the car wreck and take him away on a gurney. The suspect survived the crash.
Kip Arnold had been employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District and working at Southeast Middle School when the investigation was conducted. He has been with the school district for eight years. He has also spent time teaching at Nimitz Middle School and Gage Middle School. Government officials are investigating on whether he had other possible victims.
Running away from the law proved to be a bad decision. Arnold had committed a nasty crime by performing horrible acts with a minor. When authorities found out about his wrong doings, he needed to be taken into custody and arrested. However, Arnold allowed his clouded judgment to control the situation. Fleeing the scene and not taking responsibility for the trauma he may have caused a minor will result in major consequences.
It is lucky that Arnold did not cause personal injury to any other drivers on the road. His self-claimed suicidal tendencies show his negligence towards the people around him and to the law.
If you have been injured out in the freeways—whether it be a high speed chase or a result from someone else’s careless driving—you are entitled to file a personal injury claim. By calling a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, you are allowing yourself to seek justice for the pain and suffering that has been inflicted onto you.