A 1984 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson in his directorial debut, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Its story follows a new recruitment policy for an unnamed police department’s academy that is required to take in any recruit who wishes to try out to be a police officer. The film stars Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, G.W. Bailey, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf and Marion Ramsey.
Laverne Hooks (Marion Ramsey) is a sweet, soft-spoken and unassertive woman with a very high-pitched voice, who often has trouble putting people in line. However, she is known for becoming aggressive and authoritative when frustrated or otherwise pushed to her limit.
The “Hooks driving test” scene begins, with Hooks driving slowly and singing a Christmas song. During driving test, Hooks accidentally runs over Chad Copeland’s (Scott Thomson) feet as she is finishing. Copeland hurls a racial slur at her, which angers Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith) and causes him to chase Copeland into the test car. Hightower, quietly angered by the insult, overturns Copeland’s police car, despite Capt. Thaddeus Harris (George William Bailey) demands and Hooks pleas for him to stop. Harris promptly ejects Hightower from the academy, upsetting the other cadets.
Hooks driving test scene, was shot in the former site of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital in Etobicoke, today Humber College.
Featured Image: Police Academy (film) 1984, Laverne Hooks takes a driving test / Distributed: Warner Bros