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Burglary suspects were treated like war heroes when they finally ended a high-speed car chase.
The two suspects led police on a chase in southern California that included them doing donuts in their blue Mustang convertible with the top down.
— REDG3 (@T20G3) April 8, 2016
They struck another car during the chase, and at one point, were momentarily blocked by a TMZ tour bus that tried to stop the criminals, NBC Los Angeles reported.
During the chase, the men where cheered on by social media users.
These two dude are in a car chase in their convertible mustang with the top down & it’s raining lol LAPD lovin this one ??????
— darby pearson (@darbzpearson) April 7, 2016
so we watched a police chase on tv at lunch, 3 minutes later this happened… our whole restaurant cheered ? pic.twitter.com/SvCpB64yKx
— ems (@emmieries) April 7, 2016
The men, Isaiah Young, 19, and driver Herschel Reynolds, 20, were finally subdued when one of their tires went flat, thus ending their pompous display of taunting the police officers in pursuit of them.
Not so surprisingly, in South L.A. where the chase ended, bystanders rushed to give them high fives, handshakes and to take selfies with them.
One local identified as Darriel Harris said he knew why the men stopped where they did.
“Why they come on this street?” Harris told NBC. “They stay on this street. Come home to his momma. Both of them did.”
The police arrived about 10 minutes later to arrest them.
“They did not appear that they were running anywhere,” LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman told NBC. “For law enforcement to rush in could have exacerbated that situation.”
The men surrendered to police without incident.
Neighbor Narvie Lee Richmond said he told everyone to let the legal process play out because he “didn’t want to see young black men getting killed.”
— LAist (@LAist) April 8, 2016
Perhaps they wouldn’t be in the situation where they could get themselves killed by police if they didn’t commit a crime and if criminal behavior wasn’t honored and celebrated rather than scorned.
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