The OJ Simpson freeway pursuit – NBC Los Angeles

Nearly 30 years ago, O.J. Simpson became a fugitive at the center of one of the most storied police chases in Los Angeles’ history.

On June 17, 1994 Los Angeles was mesmerized by live television news coverage of the pursuit. Thousands cheered, hanging from freeway overpasses and stopping to get out of their cars. They held signs and chanted: “Go, O.J.!”

His driver, best friend and former Buffalo Bills teammate Al “A.C.” Cowlings, on a call with police, said Simpson had a gun to his head and wanted to go to his house.

By nightfall, Simpson was inside his Brentwood home, where police allowed him to drink a glass of orange juice and phone his mother before taking him into custody.

Simpson was booked on two counts of first-degree murder for the June 12 stabbing deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman. Cowlings was never charged.

Below are the key moments from that infamous chase, including an interview with NBC4’s Conan Nolan, who was there.

Simpson’s family announced Thursday that he died at age 76 after a cancer battle.

Here are videos from the NBC4 archives:

On June 17, 1994, Orenthal “OJ” Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings led police on a 60-mile slow-speed car chase through Los Angeles and Orange Counties, captivating viewers glued to television sets. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, June 17, 1994.

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