Man Arrested in Connection to Chase Believed to Be Chinese National

He has since been released on bail. Two others in the BMW were questioned and released after a cross-county pursuit that ended in Malibu.

Twitter photo of Thursday night's chase from East Los Angeles to Malibu.
Twitter photo of Thursday night's chase from East Los Angeles to Malibu.
A man believed to be a Chinese national who led police on a chase that reached speeds topping 100 mph as it wound from East Los Angeles to Malibu was released on bail today.

Yuan Zhou, 18, who lives in Irvine, was arrested about 9:15 p.m. Thursday and booked on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer and reckless driving, according to the California Highway Patrol. Zhou was released at 5:35 a.m. after posting $75,000 bail, and a court date was set preliminarily for March 21 at the Airport Branch courthouse, according to the sheriff's department.

Authorities questioned and released his two passengers, a male and a female, according to the CHP.

"I believe they're all Chinese nationals," CHP Sgt. Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh said at the scene of the arrest.

Some unconfirmed media reports indicated that Zhou was a student at UC Irvine.
Zhou, driving a BMW 750i, was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu at the end of the 40-minute pursuit Thursday night.

Van Valkenburgh said the chase, which began on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway near South Indiana Street, reached speeds of 115 mph on the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway and 90-95 mph as the vehicle headed north on PCH.

The female passenger in the vehicle told CHP officers she was told the BMW's occupants would be taking a drive to Laguna Beach, Van Valkenburgh said. 

The car came to the attention of officers on the 5 in East Los Angeles around 8:35 p.m. for speeding and weaving, according to CHP Officer Alex Rubio.

Aerial footage broadcast from the end of the chase showed a CHP officer performing a PIT maneuver on Pacific Coast Highway just south of Lunita Road around 9:15 p.m. Thursday, prompting the driver to throw the car's keys out the window. Another CHP officer then pulled the driver out of the vehicle and onto the ground.

--City News Service


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