The driver and passenger in a wild, two-hour pursuit that ended in surrender amid a party-like atmosphere in South L.A. have been identified.
Herschel Reynolds, 20, was the driver, and Isaiah Young, 19, was his passenger, according to Sgt. B. Brink of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Both men are Los Angeles residents, he said.
The pair were arrested after a spectacular chase on rain-slicked surface streets and freeways that followed a burglary call from a Cerritos home about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
A neighbor gave authorities a description of a car fleeing the home, and the convertible dark-blue Ford Mustang was spotted on the westbound 91 Freeway by a helicopter, according to a sheriff's news release.
"Due to the suspects’ erratic driving and speed," patrol officers did not pursue the Mustang on the ground.
The car went from South L.A. and then into Hollywood, where the Mustang did “donut” maneuvers on a 101 Freeway overpass.
California Highway Patrol officers and Los Angeles Police Department officers followed in "tracking" mode, later giving up chase in the interest of public safety, according to the sheriff's release.
The Mustang weaved in and out of traffic with its top down, traveling on the wrong side of the road, hitting another vehicle and sometimes speeding, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
The driver and passenger were apparently aware they were being broadcast across local news stations’ air. At one point, the driver flashed a peace sign at a passing KTLA news van.
After winding through the curving streets of the Hollywood Hills, the car returned to Hollywood and headed south on the 101 Freeway, where it was briefly blocked in by a TMZ tour bus.
Making its way past USC and into South L.A. on surface streets, the car was greeted with waves and cheers by bystanders. Finally, the vehicle came to a stop on 51st Street near Central Avenue, where a crowd gathered around the Mustang, snapping selfies and offering high-fives.
When deputies arrived, Reynolds and Young surrendered without incident.
They were being held at the sheriff’s Lakewood Station, according to online inmate records.
The Sheriff’s Department has not determined what charges it will be requesting against the young men, sheriff's Sgt. Medrano told KTLA. They were booked on suspicion of burglary, according to the news release.
Reynolds was being held $50,000 bail, while Young's bail was $80,000 in part due to a pre-existing case.