A DUI suspect in a Ford Mustang convertible with the words “victory parade” emblazoned on the side led police on a slow-speed, hour-long chase in the San Fernando Valley before a homeless onlooker blocked his path.
The painstakingly slow chase began about 5:45 p.m. Friday in the 8400 block of Reseda Boulevard, between Roscoe Boulevard and Parthenia Street, in Northridge, said Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im.
The man, who had a beard and was wearing a newsboy cap, headed south on Reseda Boulevard and then east on Ventura Boulevard in the Mustang, which had its top down, emergency flashers on and a sign on the driver’s side door reading: “victory parade.” A sign on the passenger-side door read: “victory” and below that “war over we win.”
He appeared to steer around spike strips set out in an attempt to disable the vehicle, but came to a stop about 6:50 p.m. in Sherman Oaks when a man walked into the street and blocked his path, at which time he got out and surrendered.
During the chase, the man waved and flashed thumbs-up and victory or peace signs to onlookers, some of whom used cellphones to capture images of the spectacle as the man passed with about a dozen police vehicles in tow.
The man who stopped the chase, described as homeless by witnesses at the scene, was detained by police for questioning and released after investigators determined a warrant for his arrest had been rescinded on Thursday, Capt. Paul Vernon of the LAPD’s West Valley Station said.
— City News Service
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