18-Year-Old Chinese Student Allegedly Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in BMW

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A UC Irvine student remained in custody Friday morning after a high-speed police pursuit that ended on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, authorities said. Two passengers, who also attend UCI, were released after being detained.

Yuan Zhou, inset, and two passengers were taken into custody on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu after a police pursuit on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Eighteen-year-old Yuan Zhou, a Chinese exchange student, was booked at the 77th Street Regional Jail for felony evading, according to Sgt. Van Valkenburgh of the California Highway Patrol. He was being held there in lieu of $75,000 bail.

At 8:33 p.m. Thursday, a CHP officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop for unsafe lane changes on the northbound 5 Freeway in East Los Angeles, Valkenburgh said. The vehicle, a newer-model BMW, failed to yield.

A chase ensued, reaching speeds of up to 115 mph on the westbound 10 Freeway before continuing northbound on PCH. However, the car came to a complete stop at least three times when it came to red lights at intersections.

The pursuit ended at 9:16 p.m. in Malibu, just south of Lunita Road.

Sky5 video showed the driver being yanked out of the white BMW by officers, then handcuffed and placed into a patrol car.

The two passengers, a man and a woman, then exited the vehicle. They were later identified by authorities as 19-year-old Chinese nationals.

Zhou has a valid driver’s license, according to the CHP. He may be arraigned as early as Monday.

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汽车驾驶人、来自安徽合肥刚满18岁中国留学生周远当晚被捕后开口的第一句话是:“警察这样抓我是否违反我的人权?”周远表示,自己刚满18岁。刚拿到驾照不久,对美国法律了解不多,完全不知自己如此行事造成麻烦,请求现场华裔记者“叔叔请救救我”时,周远禁不住掉下眼泪。图片来源:晶报

An 18-year-old Chinese driver and two passengers were pulled from a BMW by armed police after a high-speed chase along California’s Pacific Highway Coast, where speeds reached almost 200km/h.

Traffic officers originally flagged the BMW 7 Series at around 8.30pm outside of downtown Los Angeles for allegedly weaving between traffic lanes and speeding, NBC Los Angeles reported.

After the BMW driver ignored police requests to stop, a chase along on two Los Angeles freeways began.

Officers finally managed to stop the BMW by deliberately shunting its back bumper – a technique used to disable escaping vehicles.

The manoeuvre caused the BMW to swerve to the shoulder of the road, where the driver finally stopped and surrendered at about 9.15pm.

The driver was identified in reports as “an 18-year-old UC Irvine student from China”.

He allegedly told NBC reporters after his arrest that his BMW “was a new car and he obtained his driver’s license about two months ago”.

Allegedly, he also said that he was “afraid of the California Highway Patrol” and “did not understand” why he had been chased.

The identity of the student, his two passengers and the charges they face have yet to be revealed by UC Irvine or local authorities.

According to NBC’s report, the student obeyed the majority of traffic lights during the chase, indicating that the charges he faces will likely be less severe than they would be otherwise.

21日晚8点半左右,警方在洛杉矶市中心东部的5号高速公路上发现这辆宝马7系轿车超速驾驶,拦截未果后开始追逐宝马车。

  在追逐过程中,宝马车的车速一度达到120英里/小时,最终警车以追尾的方法,在太平洋海岸公路(PacificCoast Highway)逼停宝马车。整个追逐过程长达45分钟。

  在逼停宝马车后,警方持枪将宝马车司机拉出座位,压倒在地并拷上手铐。除司机外,车上还有两名乘客,均为中国人。

  宝马车司机是一名18岁的中国留学生,现就读于加州大学尔湾分校(UC Irvine)。

  这名中国留学生坐上警车后用中文告诉NBC记者,这辆宝马车是刚买的,他两个月前刚拿到驾照。他称,自己害怕警察,也不知道自己正被警车追逐。

  警方表示,因这名留学生在整个高速追车过程中闯的红灯不多,因此可能不会面临太多指控。

  据哥伦比亚广播公司(CBS)报道,这名中国留学生名叫周远(Yuan Zhou,音译),缴纳7.5万美元的保释金后已于21日凌晨5:35被释放。周将于3月21日出庭受审。另外两名乘客也在警方问讯后即被释放。