Man in Clown Attire Arrested After Leading CHP on Chase from O.C. to Venice Beach While Hanging Out on Sunroof

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A man wearing a clown costume and hanging out the sunroof of a car led authorities on a pursuit from Orange County to Venice Beach before being taken into custody on Saturday, officials said.

A man in a clown costume leads the California Highway Patrol on a chase through Venice on July 20, 2019. (Credit: Chuck Patton)
A man in a clown costume leads the California Highway Patrol on a chase through Venice on July 20, 2019. (Credit: Chuck Patton)

The bizarre chase began shortly before 3 p.m. in Westminster, California Highway Patrol officials said.

A caller reported seeing the clown hanging out on the sunroof of a car while driving, CHP Officer Stephan Brandt said.

The driver refused to stop when officers tried to pull him over, kicking off a pursuit, the officer said.

The clown-masked suspect headed into Los Angeles County via the northbound 405 Freeway, then took the 90 Freeway to Venice Beach, Brandt said. The driver jumped out of the car and ran onto the beach, where he was captured by officers in front of a crowd of onlookers.

A man in a clown costume leads the California Highway Patrol on a chase through Venice on July 20, 2019. (Credit: Chuck Patton)
A man in a clown costume leads the California Highway Patrol on a chase through Venice on July 20, 2019. (Credit: Chuck Patton)

A female passenger who had been riding in the car was not arrested, he said.

The motivation for the driver’s unusual behavior was not clear.

 

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