Scooby-Doo “Mystery Machine” in real-life high speed chase

Well, this is certainly worthy of being “News of the Weird.”  Or should I say… “Zoinks” and “Jinkies” and “I would have gotten away with it, if it hadn’t been for your meddling kids.”

Police in Redding, California were on the lookout for 51-year-old Sharon Kay Turman, who had wanted on a probation violation.  They were on the lookout for Turman’s vehicle, a 1994 Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

And eventually they DID find her Chrysler Town and Country minivan.  It wasn’t hard to spot.

Because it was painted to look like this.


I kid you not.

Apparently Turman got wind of the cops, and next thing you know there’s a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Redding. Yep, the Mystery Machine was on the run from Johnny Badge.

Apparently the cops eventually called off the high-speed chase, citing safety reasons – the Mystery Machine had reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.  Turman abandoned her custom-painted minivan in a parking lot, and is still at large right now.

So I’m kinda wondering what Turman did to violate her probation… maybe she was suffering the side-effects of too many Scooby Snax?

Or maybe she discovered that the entire series completely fell apart the minute someone introduced Scrappy Doo to the cartoon series…

Or maybe she got away because the police officer chasing her was Officer Dibble and he was too busy breaking up Top Cat’s confidence games in the alley to be effective in this pursuit.

Hey, don’t blame me, these jokes just write themselves.

But here’s the biggest mystery of all.

I don’t care that this van was painted up to look like the Mystery Machine.

What I want to know is … how in the world did a 1994 Chrysler Town and Country soccer van achieve speeds of up to 100 miles an hour without completely falling apart like the tin can on rollerskates that it is?