Suspect in wild LA chase was trained military driver, Pentagon says

LOS ANGELES -- The driver who led police on a wild chase through Los Angeles on Thursday was a trained vehicle operator for the U.S Marine Corps, the Pentagon confirmed.

Herschel Reynolds, 20, drove a blue Mustang convertible from Cerritos through Hollywood and other parts of L.A. for more than an hour before winding up in a South L.A. neighborhood.

At one point in the chase, Reynolds exited rain-slicked Hollywood Boulevard and began to skid the car in circular "donuts" before taking off again. They were also seen driving on the highway shoulder and driving the wrong way on other L.A. streets.

Authorities later deployed a spike strip and appeared to cause damage to the convertible's right front tire.

Once in South L.A., Reynolds and his passenger, 19-year-old Isaiah Young, stopped in front of a home near 51st and Hoover streets. That's where Reynolds exited the car and casually sat on the hood.

The two began greeting and hugging friends who stepped out of the home before police arrived and detained the pair.

Reynolds is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, while Young is being held in lieu of $80,000 bail due to an outstanding warrant.
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