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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