Police chase features convertible, rain, TMZ tour bus, donuts and selfies

By Ben Hooper  |  April 8, 2016 at 9:03 AM
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LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- A pair of suspected burglars in Los Angeles led police on a bizarre chase involving rain, a convertible, a TMZ tour bus and donuts in the middle of the street.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the chase began shortly after 1:30 a.m. when deputies received a call about two home burglary suspects in Cerritos fleeing in a Ford Mustang convertible with its top down.

A video captured by a witness appears to show the suspects tried and failed to put the convertible's top up while in motion.

The chase took the men and police through the San Gabriel Valley and then to the northbound 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles.

Footage from the chase shows the men experienced a popped tire from a spike strip and were nearly stopped when a TMZ tour bus blocked their path, but they were able to wedge the car past the bus, which was carrying only its driver at the time.

One of the men in the convertible appeared to throw a hamburger at the bus driver.

The car was filmed doing donuts in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard around 2:30 p.m.

Update: A driver wanted for a burglary in Cerritos made several "donut" maneuvers on busy, rain-slicked Hollywood Boulevard amid a pursuit that lasted some two hours Thursday.Watch KTLA's video here: http://on.ktla.com/efu7s

Posted by KTLA 5 News on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Police said the car, which was eventually driving on just the rim where the tire was popped, stopped around 3:30 p.m. on a narrow residential street, where the suspects got out of the car and were seen giving high fives and snapping selfies with bystanders.

The men surrendered to deputies as soon as they arrived on the scene.

"I have been involved in a lot of pursuits but I haven't seen anything quite like that," Dennis Zine, a former city councilman with 47 years of experience as an Los Angeles police officer and reservist, told the Los Angeles Times. "The high-fives at the end were ridiculous."

Sheriff's Deputy Tina Schrader said driver Herschel Reynolds, 20, and passenger Isaiah Young, 19, were arrested and booked into the county jail. Reynolds was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail, while Young's bail was set at $80,000.

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