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‘He thought he was going to Laguna Beach’ - Chinese student 'who led police on high-speed chase' released on US$75,000 bail

Zhou Yuan, a UC Irvine international student, has been charged with reckless driving

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 February, 2014, 5:25pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 9:03am

An 18-year-old Chinese student accused of leading police on a high-speed chase along California's Pacific Coast Highway was released on US$75,000 (HK$582,000) bail on the morning of February 21.

Zhou Yuan, a University of California, Irvine exchange student, was booked on the grounds of reckless driving and felony evading, according to statements from California Highway Patrol officers and reports from local news station KLTA

Local police flagged Zhou's BMW 750i sedan for speeding and weaving between traffic lanes on the evening of Febuary 20. 

After Zhou allegedly ignored requests to stop, a 200km/h chase along two Los Angeles freeways began.

Police said they were forced to deliberately push against the back bumper of Zhou's vehicle to make the driver come to a halt.

Helicopter footage from the incident allegedly shows Zhou throwing car keys from his window upon surrendering and armed police forcing him from his vehicle and to the ground.

Two 19-year-old passengers - Zhou Wangshuang and Chen Lu - were in the car with Zhou at the time of arrest.

Also UC Irvine international students, they were not taken into police custody and were instead dropped off at a nearby gas station before finding their own transportation back to campus.

According to California Highway Patrol Sergeant Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh, Zhou and his passengers were "all Chinese nationals" who had told police that they "thought they were going to Laguna Beach".

"They were going in the wrong direction," Valkenburgh said. 

During his arrest, Zhou told reporters that his BMW "was a new car and he had obtained his driver's licence about two months ago". 

Allegedly, he also repeatedly said that he was "afraid of the California Highway Patrol" and "did not understand" why he had been chased.

According to UC Irvine spokespersons, Zhou is enrolled in a UC Irvine Extension programme, taking ESL and cultural education classes in preparation for a full-time undergraduate degree.

He is currently scheduled for a March 21 court appearance. 


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Already spoiled rotten and only 18. Does not know how to behave abroad, like so many other of this countrymen!
" weaving between traffic lanes". Would any Chinese driver see anything wrong with that??
How about, "who's his daddy?"
Oh **** ... he can't say, "My father is Li Gang!" ... ;)
LOL...so true!
"was released on US$75,000 (HK$582,000) bail" well i think he can afford it as he can on top of his 18, being an exchange student and driver of a brand new 750i costing at least $87,300.
Judging from his "selfie" photo, he's a tough, badass "gangsta" with street cred and not to be messed with. Right.
I'm not even sure what to say.
Another dumb over indulged mainlander with too much money and no common sense!
Wrong, genius. They would have beaten him with their billy clubs. Get your stereotypes straight.
Where is this joker from? His parents must have paid his way to UC Irvine!!!
Well, a felony count might just be enough to deport him. For good. Then, maybe the CCP will investigate where all of that money came from and detain is father. I try to look at the good side of the coin. He may still get jail time for the felony, which opens a window for him to get raped in prison. One can only hope. 18 yr old piece of Asian freshie in prison?
I don't know if he got his license in the US or in China, but the first thing any new driver learns is to obey and to follow instructions if directed by a highway patrol officer. I'm sure his licence is a fake. Gosh, a brand new BMW for a brand new driver?
well, he is getting a true "Cultural Education" course now! not some phony UCIrvine class to justify a year vacation in the US.
I'm sure if the driver was black or Latino the cops would have shot first and asked questions later...it's the American Way!
you are just another programmed PC idiot with a computer, do you ever have an original thought?


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