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How Not to Evade Arrest: Run A Mile Through the Red Line Tunnel

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Conventional wisdom dictates that if you are fleeing from the cops in your car you will ultimately get caught. Same goes for when you try to run from them through a Metro Red Line subway tunnel. A 51-year-old man gave it a go yesterday, running along the tracks from Hollywood and Vine to Hollywood and Western, which is about a mile-long stretch.

Bret Aron Newman took off running while Sheriff's Transit Bureau deputies were doing a fare check in the station. They spotted him fleeing into the train tunnel, and Metro had to shut off the power immediately in order to keep him from being electrocuted. Train service was delayed while Newman was on the tracks.

Not surprisingly, by the time he came out of the tunnel at Hollywood and Western, he had a welcoming committee, in the form of deputies at the ready to arrest him. Newman revealed during questioning he ran because he thought there was an arrest warrant out for him. Apparently Newman does not watch "COPS" otherwise he'd know that running never makes it better.