Rebecca Foust

Death by Dodge Sportsman

Man Gets Six Years for Motor Home Chase
                                       —Marin IJ headline

He planned to end it all by “blue suicide”
he said, after the wild, three-hour chase
through the mean streets of Marin and both ways
across the Richmond Bridge. What made
this hot-pursuit sequence unique was not
the peloton of cop cars that trailed him
and could not catch up, but what
he drove to elude them: a motor home.
The twenty-foot ’78 Dodge Sportsman
elbowed the sidewalks of each tiny town,
blew red lights, and plowed through more than one
school zone. When he finally stood down,
twelve men with drawn guns forced him to his knees.
Where he waited, whispering, Please. Just do it. Please.