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[[caption-width-right:300:''"[[DonutMessWithACop Suspect believed to be in possession of fresh baker's dozen, over]]."'']]

->''"[[LampshadeHanging All this for a loaf of bread?]]"''
-->-- '''Aladdin''', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''

Police officers will engage in high speed pursuits involving dozens of patrol cars for the flimsiest of reasons. No TV police force has a "Do not pursue" policy for minor crimes. Officers involved in the chase are usually LemmingCops. Not to be confused with the NeedForSpeed games of the same name. Or [[FurryFandom hot fursuit]], which is something else entirely.

The name comes from an old legal principle that law enforcement from one jurisdiction [[JurisdictionFriction can work within another]] if they are in active pursuit of a fleeing suspect, and can arrest said suspect on private property without a warrant.

Subtrope of ChaseScene.
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!!Examples include:
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the premiere episode of ''Anime/SonicX'', the police go to ridiculous lengths to catch Sonic for what, at most, could be construed as disrupting traffic. (Granted, he ''is'' also an alien creature unknown to our world, which would probably be a much more valid reason for chasing him, but this is not brought up.)
** And they didn't exactly treat him like one. I think one officer even made a reference to someone's kitty cat...
** And they bust out ''Formula 1 police cars''. They are the only vehicles that can even catch up to the speedster, but ''still''.
*** Parodied mercilessly in ShadyVox's abridgement of the first episode, where Sam Speed says "We're the high speed pursuit unit. Our job is to chase down anyone who commits a crime and tries to get away in an F1 racing car. And don't you dare say it doesn't happen. Because it totally does!"
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Non-automobile variation in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': the guards chasing after the titular hero for stealing a loaf of bread.
** The titular character lampshades it in the comment at the top of the page
*** Which is of course a [[ShoutOut reference]] to ''Literature/LesMiserables'', where Jean Valjean's lifelong chase with InspectorJavert begins with the theft of a loaf of bread.
*** Shouted out in TheAnimatedSeries when a thief is being pursued by both the guards and Aladdin himself. The scene is an almost shot-for-shot remake of the one from the move (before the singing), only the thief in question is nowhere near as good as Aladdin is, and stole a huge diamond ("All this for a diamond?").
** Subverted in that stealing an apple is punishable by instant removal of a hand.
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* Parodied in the extreme in ''TheBluesBrothers'' and ''{{Film/Taxi}} 2''. In the latter, insults about sexual tastes directed to some cops cause Paris' entire police force to chase down the main characters throughout the city (with predictably destructive results). In the former, running a red light is the catalyst for the titular Brothers to be chased down by every law enforcement agency in Illinois, up to and including the National Guard. They're also chased by [[ThoseWackyNazis Illinois Nazis]] and a renegade country band, but for different reasons.
** As in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' example below, running a red light causes the cop who pulls the Blues Brothers over to notice that they have a ''massive'' record of major and minor traffic violation, in addition to "Joliet Jake" spending three years in prison for knocking over a liquor store. The really serious high speed pursuit comes after their initial attempt to escape from the police gets out of hand and they cause serious property damage. It's still an example of a case where the cops would be smarter to apply a "do not pursue" policy, but the initial red light is only the start of their problems.
*** Quite the opposite of "do not pursue", at one point early in the chase a police dispatcher calmly radios to all concerned that "the use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Blues Brothers has been approved."
* Also seen in the ''SmokeyAndTheBandit'' movies which are actually made of little less than long pursuits.
* OlderThanTelevision: Any number of old Creator/CharlieChaplin shorts. The unfortunate tramp had a way of getting into trouble with the police over minor things, usually resulting in a hilarious chase scene.
* ''Film/TheChase'' is basically made of one long HotPursuit with half a dozen police cruisers always keeping the same distance to the getaway car.
* The ''Der Clown'' movie ''Payday'' contains five [[ChaseScene chase scenes]], only one of which does not involve police cars, one of which leads to the spectacular destruction of more than one dozen police cars in SloMoBigAir, and one of which has SWAT cars chase an aircraft on a runway.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Roscoe P. Coletrain from ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' would gleefully shout over his CB that he was in "Hot Puuuur-Suit!" of the Duke boys, frequently followed by him driving [[LemmingCops off a cliff]] or into a lake when he couldn't match the Duke's driving ability.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' featured a car chase in the episode ''Heaven And Earth'', notable for having highly competent driving on the part of all of the cops involved, along with a [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome bitchin awesome accompanying song.]]
** And how did the chase start? An All Points Bulletin got put out with a [[SuspectIsHatless vague discription]] of the suspect being in a particular area. Two cops saw a guy walking down the street looking shifty, and tapped the siren to get his attention. Guy takes off running, and the cops take off driving ''backwards'' after him, before pulling a hairpin turn to get going the right direction.
* Pretty much OnceAnEpisode in ''Series/{{CHiPs}}''.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/HighSpeed'' has the police give chase to the player for running a red light... at 146 mph.
** ''Pinball/TheGetawayHighSpeed2'' does this as well, to the dismay of Car 504.
* ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'' has a police chase when you get to Ohio, with Car 504 as a {{Cameo}}.
* "Police Car Frenzy" in ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballBigRaceUSA Pro Pinball: Big Race USA]]''.
* The VideoMode in ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' has the player (as the futuristic cop Dredd) firing missiles at an escaping car.
* One of the rescue missions in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''[[Pinball/{{Rescue911}} Rescue 911]]'' is "Hostage", which involves a police chase.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Video game example: In the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, the police will chase you after a simple fender bender. If the chase goes on long enough (and enough officers [[LemmingCops get killed trying to chase you]]), SWAT teams, helicopters, soldiers and eventually tanks will be called in to take you down. Though to be fair, after the player has killed multiple police officers and racked up thousands of dollars in property damage, they have some valid reasons to call in the tanks and jets.
** To be unfair (Ha!), the police will up your wanted level when they kill ''themselves'' in pursuit of you -- apparently the GTA universe has some ''harsh'' felony murder laws. And of course the cops have absolutely no regard for innocent bystanders. Tanks, helicopters, troop trucks and jet fighters in the middle of an urban area - "Well, he dinged my fender!"
*** Even more amusing, they only chase you if you ding a cop car. You can plow into a civilian car at top speed and leave a huge dent in it, and the cops won't care. So much as tap a cop car though... In ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', they will pursue other civilians that hit their cars (opening up the [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential hilarious potential to shunt other cars into the cops]], only to watch ''them'' get busted when they roll dazed from the wreckage).
* ''VideoGame/TheGetaway'' managed to sort of justify it; occasionally you'll hear [[EnemyChatter someone on a police radio]] mention that they've recognised the player character, who became wanted for murdering his wife (which he didn't actually do) in the opening cutscene and has been roaming the streets of London single-handedly causing enough mayhem to rival the 2011 riots.
* The GTA cops are lenient compared to those in ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'', who will pursue you to the end for traffic offences that GTA's police will ignore. Driver cops have even been known to go after the player when ''another'' car breaks the law.
* ''NeedForSpeed: Most Wanted''. While the wanted level increases, the police not only use squad cars, but in Level 3, they use Pontiac GTO, and in Level 5, they use "Corvette C6!" And let's not talk about "[[BonusBoss Sgt.Cross]]", with heavily-modified Corvette C6!!! There are several destructible environments while you can laugh at when you crashed on it and see [[LemmingCops how the cop cars WRECKED!]] while your car doesn't.
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Before]] ''Most Wanted'', there was ''NeedForSpeed III: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hot Pursuit]]''. After ''Most Wanted'', there was ''Carbon''. And ''Undercover'', [[FanonDisContinuity but fans don't talk about that]].
** As of 2010, there's the new ''Hot Pursuit'', which is basically this trope entirely. With all of the [=EMP=]s, spike strips, and police helicopters being thrown around, the real good thing about this is that the players get hypercars, along with the police. Also, players, like in the previous HP games, can play as the cops. Who can drive street racers off the road [[DisproportionateRetribution and down the cliffs]]. However, racers get a few weapons of their own.
* Another non-car incident occurs towards the latter third of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI''. Granted, at this point your character has killed half a dozen important members of society and countless soldiers and guards and they're on the lookout for funny behavior in a white hood, but even so much as knocking someone over or climbing a wall will cause Altair to have half the city watch chasing him. Even before that point, the guards will attack him for the crime of taking his horse above a walk (When did speed limits get imposed in the 12th Century?)
* ''VideoGame/RoadRash 64'' has cops going hog-wild all over the game world's island simply for a motorcycle race. If the ending animation is done just right, cop cars will slam into the drivers, sending them flying. Murder for speed.
** An important note is that they will chase you whether you're breaking laws or not. You can adhere to the speed limit and stop at every red light, and they will still go after you.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheHire'': This happens to the Driver when he goes tearing across town in his [[ProductPlacement BMW sports car]], trying to find a woman locked in the trunk of a car before high tide comes in. The cops don't know he's on a rescue mission, and instead assume that he has stolen the car. Needless to say, they are [[BadassDriver nowhere near his level]] and don't appear to cause any significant delay to his rescue.
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