Two men who led police on a two-hour only-in-L.A. pursuit that ended at a party-like scene in South Los Angeles were sentenced Friday to two years in state prison.
The men, Herschel Reynolds, 20, and Isaiah Dewayne Young, 19, had last month each pleaded no contest to felony first-degree residential burglary and fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly.
The April 7 chase began in Cerritos, where a homeowner saw an unfamiliar car in her driveway and soon discovered her back door was smashed in and items were missing from the house.
The car sped away from the home but a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter soon spotted it, following the blue convertible Ford Mustang toward the San Gabriel Valley, through South L.A., Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills and back to South L.A.
At one point, the occupants flashed a peace sign at a passing KTLA news van.
On Hollywood Boulevard, the car did “donuts” on the rainy street. On the 101 Freeway, the Mustang was briefly blocked in by a TMZ tour bus.
The vehicle traveled at high speeds and weaved in and out of traffic, the District Attorney’s Office said in announcing the sentence.
Near 51st Street and Central Avenue, the Mustang stopped and the driver and passenger got out. They were greeted with high-fives by several bystanders, some of whom posed for selfies.
Deputies eventually approached and Reynolds and Young were taken into custody.
Reynolds, it turned out, had been prematurely discharged from the U.S. Marines after serving as a motor vehicle operator at Camp Pendleton.
The pair were initially charged with two counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage, one count each of first-degree residential burglary and fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly.