Saturday, April 9, 2016

Suspect in Epic Los Angeles Car Chase Was Trained to Drive by the U.S. Military (VIDEO)

Here's the backstory, "Wild car chase in rain includes 'doughnuts' on the 101, hugs and a TMZ tour bus."

And about the suspect's military training, at LAT, "Wheelman in epic L.A. car chase was trained to drive by the U.S. military":

Herschel Reynolds mesmerized TV viewers with a wild drive through Los Angeles that included skillfully performing doughnuts in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard and a teenage passenger busting out dance moves.

It now appears the 20-year-old can thank the U.S. Marine Corps for helping him hone some of his driving abilities.

The Pentagon confirmed Friday that Reynolds was a trained tactical driver for the Marines before being “prematurely discharged” in January. The U.S. military said Reynolds had served as a motor vehicle operator for the 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton. Reynolds served with the Marines for nearly two years as a private, according to military records.

“Reynold’s 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.

Identified as the driver, Reynolds both horrified and delighted Angelenos for two hours Thursday during a televised chase that included a close call with a TMZ tour bus and ended with a hero’s welcome in a South L.A. neighborhood – with celebratory high-fives, hugs and selfies with a swelling crowd. Along with a 19-year-old passenger, Isaiah Young, Reynolds peacefully surrendered to sheriff’s deputies, who arrived minutes after he parked the rented Ford Mustang...

And more video, via CBS News 2 Los Angeles, "TMZ Tour Bus Driver Caught Up In Bizarre Chase Speaks Out."