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Man Who Hated Cops Dies in High-Speed Chase

June 1, 2010 |  7:05 am

June 1, 1960, Shooting

June 1, 1960: Robert Clarke, 21, is dead and all we really know about him is that he hated cops. He terrorized a Montebello police officer a few days before crashing into a tree during a high-speed chase with the Highway Patrol. Clarke fired twice at CHP Officer Jack Rummel, but one bullet was stopped by his pen and pencil set, and the other by the band of his wristwatch.

May 26, 1960, Gunman

May 26, 1960: Robert Clarke, 21, forces Montebello Police Officer Joseph Grundy to run in front of his car.

June 1, 1960, Shooting