Police and UFOs

Dale Spaur in April 1966, October 1966, and February 1977 | UPI, Akron Beacon-Journal

JUST BEFORE DAWN on Sunday, April 17, 1966, police officers pursued a UFO for nearly 90 minutes at speeds up to 100 m.p.h. It started just east of Akron, Ohio, and ended near Pittsburgh.

That incident inspired the chase scene in Steven Spielberg’s 1977 film “Close Encounters of the Third…

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Screen capture from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” | Movieclips

In STEVEN SPIELBERG’S 1977 FILM “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” three black-and-white police cars pursue strange lights in the night sky. They race down rural highways and roar through a sleepy toll booth at the state line. One patrol car runs off the road and crashes. …

Jeff Patterson

Former police chief, writing about law enforcement, true crime, unsolved mysteries, and the unexplained.

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