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Question about car chases

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Scott D S, Dec 28, 2002.

  1. Scott D S

    Scott D S Supporting Actor

    Feb 23, 2000
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    Scott Saslow
    I'm writing a screenplay. It's a teen coming of age, boy meets girl, boy loses girl kind of thing. Think of it like this: If David Lean, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam and Steven Spielberg all co-directed American Pie if it were co-written by Allen, Kevin Smith and Jon Favreau, this is what my story would be.
    Anyway, there is a scene where the lead character (named Scott. I wonder who this can be based on? [​IMG]) goes with his friends to a liquor store in the next county for beer. They are caught by cops but, lucky for them, the nearby gas station is robbed. The cops give chase. I have a few questions.
    1. Can the cops chase this guy into the next county and apprehend him? Or is it out of their jurisdiction?
    2. Can they give chase but they radio for backup at the county line? If backup arrives, can they still give chase as long as they don't physically apprehend the robber because it is in another county?
    3. What is the code for a high-speed pursuit? Is it 10-thirty something? I'm looking for authenticity.
    The scene takes place in January, 2001. It starts in Broward County, FL. and ends in Palm Beach County, FL.
    I have high hopes for this movie. I'm just writing it now to get it all on paper. I am on page 196 and not even done with Act 1! (Yes, I know, Act 1 should be no more than 30 pages long but I have a lot of ideas. Best to get it all out now. After all, paper is cheap[​IMG])
  2. Nathan*W

    Nathan*W Screenwriter

    Sep 9, 2001
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    Good luck on your screenplay, Scott. I'm sure the answers given here will vary by state and jurisdiction. In Virginia:

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