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Driving Mystery Machine lookalike, California woman escapes police in high-speed chase

A 51-year-old woman in Redding, California fled police on Sunday in a high-speed chase, and would’ve gotten away with it if not for those meddling kids.

OK, the only “meddling kids” were Redding police officers. And there was nothing to get away with, since the woman wasn’t going to evade the police driving a brightly-colored van painted up like the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo. Not exactly the most covert getaway vehicle that blends into traffic.

According to the Redding Record Searchlight, Sharon Kay Turman led police down Highway 273, and was able to escape in a neighboring county. Police said she was able to evade authorities by driving with no regard for other motorists, allegedly nearly colliding with at least four other vehicles and running a red light while reaching speeds exceeding 100 mph. (Who could have guessed that van would have such horsepower?)

Despite help from the California Highway Patrol’s helicopter and deputies from nearby Shasta County, law enforcement was unable to capture Turman and eventually lost pursuit. The helicopter was able to keep sight of the van, however — probably because it’s colored bright teal, green and orange — and saw Turman abandon the van in another county. Her whereabouts are still unknown as of this writing, but the Mystery Machine has since been recovered and impounded.

Local police might want to keep a lookout for any other memorable replica vehicles Turman might be using in her continued efforts to evade a parole violation and arrest. Authorities may want to keep a list of the following automobiles that could help her stay on the run:

  • The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future
  • The 1966 Batmobile from the Batman TV show
  • KITT from Knight Rider
  • The Dark Knight 2008 Tumbler
  • The Simpsons’ Canyonero
  • Dumb and Dumber’s Mutt Cutts Van
  • The 1993 Ford Explorer from Jurassic Park


Harry Lyles Jr.

About Harry Lyles Jr.

Harry Lyles Jr. is an Atlanta-based writer, and a Georgia State University graduate.