The Great White Bronco Chase

It has been 24 years since OJ Simpson and Al "AC" Cowlings participated in the white Bronco police chase; one of the most watched TV moments of the century.

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About to be arrested on suspicion of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, former football star O.J. Simpson fled his lawyer's San Fernando Valley home June 17, 1994 before police arrived.
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At a Friday evening news conference, Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro described his client's state as "frail, fragile and emotional." He confirmed that Simpson had been at the Kardashian residence early Friday and that he informed Simpson of the murder charges. It seemed not even his attorney could answer the question on everyone's mind: Where was OJ Simpson?
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Adding to the tension of the pursuit, Simpson's friend Kardashian read a letter during a news conference in which Simpson proclaimed his innocence and asked people to "'please think of the real OJ and not this lost person.'" The letter did not include an explicit mention of suicide, but sounded a dire tone: "Don't feel sorry for me. I've had a great life."
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California Highway Patrol and LAPD officers, and members of other law enforcement agencies were notified to be on the lookout for Simpson, who earlier in the day had been at the San Fernando Valley home of friend Robert Kardashian. When officers arrived there to arrest him they found he had left with friend and former USC and Buffalo Bills teammate Al Cowlings.
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Motorists wave as police cars pursue the Ford Bronco driven by Al Cowlings, carrying fugitive murder suspect O.J. Simpson, on a 90-minute slow-speed car chase June 17, 1994 on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, California.
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Crowds gathered on freeway overpasses and draped banners over railings, some with messages of support for Simpson that read, "Go OJ" and "Go, Juice." Others exited their vehicles on freeway exit ramps to get a close-up view as the Bronco and rows of about 20 patrol vehicles passed with the pounding sound of helicopters overhead.
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Cowlings was driving a white Ford Bronco while Simpson was in the back seat with a loaded .357 Magnum handgun, which he at one point held to his own head. When a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over the car, Cowlings shouted to him that Simpson was threatening suicide.
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Officers did not attempt to stop the Bronco, instead allowing Cowlings to drive north out of Orange County on the 405, 55 and 5 freeways before heading west on the 91 Freeway and into southwestern Los Angeles County. Cowlings eventually returned to the 405 Freeway and turned north through Los Angeles' Westside.
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An estimated 95 million people watched the pursuit, waiting to see what would happen next in a national drama that played out in the four days since the stabbing deaths of Ronald Goldman, a 25-year-old waiter, and Nicole Brown Simpson. By comparison, about 90 million viewers watched the Super Bowl earlier that year.
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The pursuit ended at about 8 p.m. when Cowlings exited at Sunset Boulevard and drove to Simpson's Brentwood home. LAPD SWAT members and negotiators responded and, after he was allowed to go inside the home for about 45 minutes, Simpson was taken into custody.
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Unidentified family members of O.J. Simpson await for clearance to enter the house after Simpson gave himself up after leading the police on a 60-mile chase on Southern California freeways and then a standoff at his mansion in Brentwood.
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