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Cross-County Pursuit Ends in Malibu

Reaching up to speeds of 80 mph, CHP officers performed a PIT maneuver to stop the chase. The suspects are foreign exchange students at UC Irvine.

Twitter photo of the suspect taken into custody in Malibu after a cross-county chase.
Twitter photo of the suspect taken into custody in Malibu after a cross-county chase.

Originally posted at 11:29 p.m. Feb. 20, 2014. Edited to add more details.

A male driver was arrested tonight after a 40-minute chase from East Los Angeles to Malibu.

The driver of a white BMW 750i came to the attention of officers on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway near South Indiana Street around 8:35 p.m. for speeding and weaving, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.

The chase proceeded westbound on Santa Monica (10) Freeway and then northbound on Pacific Coast Highway. Speeds ranged from 25-80 mph, Rubio said.

A CHP officer performed a PIT maneuver on Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Lunita Road, around 9:15 p.m., prompting the driver to throw the car's keys out the driver's side window.

The suspect was taken into custody, along with two passengers in the vehicle, Rubio said.

The three suspects are foreign exchange students at UC Irvine, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh told a videographer at the scene.

--City News Service

Ellen Zunino February 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM
These students (and/or their parents) have plenty of $$$. I hope, at the least, they are charged for the cost of the pursuit they precipitated. If the universe was fair, they'd be booted out of the US.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 21, 2014 at 01:40 PM
New story up now, here: http://malibu.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/man-arrested-in-connection-with-chase-believed-to-be-chinese-national
Julie February 21, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Commit a crime get deported.
Malibu Frank February 21, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Wonder how they would handle this in China or another country? Come on...Out on bail already????
R Y A N February 21, 2014 at 10:01 PM
Media: Find out WHERE the spike strip was being deployed (or not) which may have authorized a pseudo-"pit maneuver" while driving straight at speed on PCH. . Can West Valley CHP ever respond to Malibu in less than a 20 minutes? Not physically possible with the two-lane canyons and curves involved. . The public has a right to know if the pursuit would have continued into Ventura County due to lack of deployment of public resources to end it. C.V.C. 2400.6 is a two-edged sword. Reading it implies that Caltrans WAIVES rights to the CITY, if you read it carefully, "regulating the operation of vehicles on, and the use of any portion of, State Highway Route 1 in the City of Malibu": That "...and the use of any portion of..." is waived if asserted BY THE CITY. The CITY, thereby, can do all manner of things that "regulate" vehicle passage, such as install toll booths, and outlawing passage of white cars. 2400.6. The commissioner shall enforce all laws regulating the operation of vehicles on, and the use of any portion of, State Highway Route 1 in the City of Malibu, if requested by the city, and if a contract is entered into between the state and the city.
BeachBum February 23, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Deport them

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