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Suspect allegedly tries fleeing police on a hoverboard (and fails)

Technically Incorrect: It was, no doubt, a high-speed chase to rival anything out of Hollywood.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Not a good getaway vehicle.


For some time now I've pondered whether, if I committed a crime, I'd speed away on a hoverboard.

My heart, because it's strange, says yes. (Unless, that is, I happened to be wearing heels.)

This high-tech escape fantasy was bolstered by the British man who was caught on camera allegedly stealing a crate of soft drinks and skedaddling on his hovering machine.

Now, though, events in Clearwater, Florida, have given me a hovering pause.

As the BBC reports, police there say they approached a man they thought might be in possession of an illegal smoking substance.

His reaction, they say, was to jump on his board and wheel it away. Those things, however, only go some 10 mph.

It's hardly surprising, then, that the police say they caught up with him and arrested him.

It's unclear how the police made chase. Did they jog? Did they jump in their cars? Was it all like a scene out of "Bullitt"? The Clearwater Police Department didn't respond to a request for comment.

They did say, in the affidavit seen by the BBC, that the man allegedly gave up the ghost with the board and tried to run.

I understand that it may be tempting to believe that a hoverboard offers a smooth means of escape.

It may be especially tempting if you've been indulging in an illegal smoking substance.