Suspects Take Selfies After Crazy LA Chase

At one point, a TMZ tour bus got involved
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2016 12:40 AM CDT
The driver of a convertible blue Mustang holds a personal device and looks into his sideview mirror as he speeds down the busy Harbor Freeway in downtown LA.   (Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – Authorities arrested two burglary suspects who led them on a long, bizarre chase Thursday in a top-down convertible through rainy Southern California that ended with the men stopping to exchange high-fives with onlookers and take selfies before being handcuffed, the AP reports. The chase began around 2pm with a report of a home burglary in Cerritos, about 25 miles southeast of downtown LA, police say. During the ensuing pursuit, two men, both clad in blue, sped along freeways and wove through jammed streets—sometimes dangerously. At one point, the Mustang clipped another car. In the heart of Hollywood, the Mustang slowed to avoid people in crosswalks. Pursuing patrol cars backed off several times for safety reasons, authorities say.

Later, a TMZ tour bus boxed in the Mustang before another car moved off and the vehicle was able to get around it. During the chase, the passenger waved to other motorists, stood up, danced, and made hand gestures. Shortly after 3pm, the car—riding on three tires by this time—pulled up on a South LA street where a group of men were standing near a driveway. The driver got out and sat on the hood. Both men took selfies and exchanged hugs, high-fives, and conversation with the group of apparent friends or well-wishers. When sheriff's deputies arrived a few minutes later, the two men calmly surrendered and were handcuffed as onlookers took videos of the scene with cellphones. (Read more Los Angeles stories.)

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