I was heading northbound on La Cienega Blvd. and as I was about to pass the Norms and the Car Wash, I spotted Brody Jenner heading southbound. I only got a quick glimpse at him so I couldn’t verify if Nicole Richie was in the car also.
I had to make a U-turn and I chased him for a while. Soon, we hit traffic and it became a little hard to get next to him so that I could verify who else was in the car; alone he is not worth anything. We were now getting close to the entrance to the 10 freeway and I finally saw that he actually just had a buddy of his and no Nicole. Damn! I had gone way far from my route. So at that moment, I decided to continue following him. He entered the freeway and was heading westbound towards the beach. I followed and I finally decided that if he doesn’t get out on 4th St., which is the last exit before the 10 freeway ends and becomes the Pacific Coast Highway, that I was going to leave it alone, because I was not about to go to Malibu.
Sure enough, he didn’t get off, but I did! At that moment I started my Santa Monica route. I headed up to Montana Ave. I was making my first pass and I quickly spotted Patrick Dempsey getting into his fancy car. This is the first time that I have seen him in person. I pulled over on the side, but I couldn’t get any shots. So I waited for the chase. I started to look around and I started spotting all these blacked-out Toyota 4Runners. One, two, three, four, five… Wow! There were five other people already on him. I didn’t even know that they were there.
Patrick starts his car and drives past me. I take the lead, following directly behind him. He makes his first left. I stopped a little to distance myself and give him space, then I made a left. Following me were the other paparazzi. They were all Old School Paps, so they knew that I was giving him distance. These Paps where not trying to run me off the road; New School Paps would have done just that. Well, he makes his first right. I pulled over to the side and the second car behind me takes the lead. He makes a right and then I followed, behind me were the other guys. The funny thing is that we were all competition, but we all synchronized on the follow.
Patrick makes another left. We start giving him more distance. I ultimately think that he was just killing time, since he had nothing better to do. He pulls over and starts to wait. All the other paparazzi scattered and we all drove different directions in search of the perfect spot to shoot in case he exits his car.
Well, to make a long story short. Patrick Dempsey never came out of his car, and it turns out that one of the guys on the chase was already on Dr. Derek Shepherd from earlier in the day. So I told him that I was going to leave the story for him to distribute. I left and continued on my route. I don’t want any beef from friendly fire.
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Friday, September 29, 2006, 2:35 AM