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