If you’re fully aware that you’re going to die sometime in the near future, say one or two years, what would you decide to do with the rest of your time? Would you want to make amends for past wrongdoings? Or would you rather try and live it up as best as possible with whatever money you have? Whatever you’d choose to do, there are few who can claim and actually follow through with the plan 46-year-old Frederick Ray Jones pulled on the Iowa State Patrol, even though he had no terminal illness.
Thursday morning an Iowa State Police Officer noticed Jones driving through Des Moines, Iowa on I-80 Eastbound with expired tags and attempted to pull him over. Whether the guy had planned that from the start or not is still a question, but he decided to go ahead and scratch one off that old bucket list while the opportunity was still ripe. He tightened the seatbelt and just kept on driving, doing everything he could to evade capture as though his life depended on it, which it didn’t. More than a few troopers joined in the pursuit until finally they managed to stop Jones with a standard PIT maneuver, something you see on just about every episode of Cops.
When Sgt. Scott Bright asked him what it was that brought on the chase and Jones told him, it was the craziest thing he’d ever heard.
“In my 28 years, I’ve never heard that excuse,” he told local CBS news affiliate KCGI 8.
The 46-year-old was formally arrested and taken to jail, charged with evading the police, OWI, operation of a vehicle without registration, unlawful use of a license, interference with official acts and for good measure – speeding. As though the speeding was going to make a lick of a difference after what he’d just pulled. Well, if you ask me that seems like a good day. A generally quiet place was gifted with some excitement and Jones finally got to mark something off the bucket list that normally wouldn’t have been completed for a long time yet, and he was even willing to face the consequences afterward. Now that is how you go big.