The suspect who led LAPD on a wild high-speed chase last Thursday was a former Marine with driving training.
According to KABC, 20-year-old Herschel Reynolds served as a Private in the US Marine Corps from 2014 to January of this year. Reynolds never deployed and was trained as a motor vehicle operator.
“Herschel Reynolds’ premature discharge and rank are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards,” the Pentagon said.
Reynolds led police on a chase with passenger Isiah Young, performing doughnuts and various other stunts in a rented Mustang convertible as they streaked through several neighborhoods at high speed.
The pair filmed the whole event on smartphones, possibly even streaming the footage. At the end of the chase, Reynolds and Young stopped the car and sat on the hood of their car, high-fiving and hugging locals in the neighborhood.
When police arrived at the scene, the suspects surrendered peacefully without incident. The rental Mustang was due for return the next day but was impounded.
Reynolds is being held on a $50,000 bail, while young is being held on $80,000 due to an outstanding warrant.
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