NBC cut into Olympics broadcast in L.A. to go to absolutely insane car chase

If you went to bed after the Team USA men lost their semifinal to the Czech Republic in a heartbreaking shootout, you likely did so believing that you’d witnessed the most dramatic moment of the night. For most of the country, that was the case. For residents of Los Angeles, the night’s most film-worthy spectacle went down thousands of miles from PyeongChang.

It started with a phenomenon that’s oddly familiar to those who live in L.A. — NBC cut into their Olympics broadcast to go live to the scene of a car chase. The annoyance of having your regularly scheduled programming preempted for live coverage of a car chase is as essential to the Los Angeles experience as sitting in traffic on the 405 or drunken trips to In-N-Out.

So at first, locals were peeved to have their Olympic buzz killed by another jerk who’ll have to make the world’s most public walk of shame when his car runs out of gas on the side of the road.

However things got Mission Impossible-levels of interesting when Tuesday’s car thief drove into a train tunnel to lose the cops.

Yes, you read that correctly. After T-boning a taxi, a man in a stolen truck fled the police, and helicopter news footage showed him attempting to lose them by driving straight into a gold line train tunnel in Boyle Heights.

It didn’t take long for NBC to return to their PyeongChang coverage. But by then, L.A. viewers were so invested in the outcome of the chase that they actually switched over to the continued coverage from other local affiliates.

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One of the wildest endings to an LA police chase we've ever seen ... suspect with at least 4 GTA stars t-bones taxi… https://t.co/qNt6h518Dr
Nightly LA car chase tv reach a new level. Guy drives stolen pickup down tunnel on train tracks underground after d… https://t.co/UFiBKYYY4C
I was watching the olympics while finishing Book of Doom and they went to breaking news to a car chase and now I ca… https://t.co/idtigbq0Df
Update from LA: olympics coverage got interrupted by a car chase where a dude smashed into a taxi then sped down th… https://t.co/tOIcYtv4vE
This dude is on the train tracks on the gold line. He is gonna hit a train https://t.co/MWYiAwrq8g
Was about to say it seems like people who drive in high-speed LA pursuits don’t ever seem to be enthusiasts much le… https://t.co/k4GfMGXPJ4
When you switch the channel from the Olympics to continue watching a car chase. #LosAngeles
Bizarre pursuit. Stolen truck suspect drives into TRAIN tunnel in East LA. Metro train, Gold Line. One train slowly… https://t.co/HZwaTszgOu
NBC cuts away from car chase for the Olympics, I cut to KTLA to stick with the car chase. Priorities, NBC, priorities!
@DrGMLaTulippe More people at LAX watching the car chase TV than The Olympics TV.
I just turned off the Winter Olympics to watch an LA car chase and now I understand how Donald Trump is president.
Channel 4 car chase coverage > NBC Olympics coverage
olympics broadcast interrupted in LA by a stolen truck car chase and I'm trying to stay neutral but tbh I think the… https://t.co/OICAtEC0kh

The suspect was eventually apprehended and the victims of the crash with the taxi were treated by paramedics at the scene.

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