UCI International Students from China Lead CHP On High-Speed Chase Around LA

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An 18-year-old was driving this

Three UC Irvine international students from China led California Highway Patrol on a wild ride around LA last night during a pursuit that, according to CHP, broke 120 miles an hour and lasted about 40 minutes.

Yuan Zhou, an 18-year-old Irvine resident and Chinese national, was arrested at approximately 9:15 p.m. after a CHP cruiser nudged Zhou's white BMW 7 series sedan. The student had gotten his California license only two months prior.

"I believe they're all Chinese nationals," CHP Sgt. Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh reportedly said following the arrest.

The students caught CHP's attention after passing a cruiser while headed northbound on the 5, according to a CHP press release. Afterwards, they got on the 10 and headed westbound, "weaving in and out of traffic, using the right shoulder to pass vehicles and driving at speeds up to 122 mph." The car finally stopped on PCH.

All three students are enrolled at UC Irvine. Zhou, the driver, is enrolled in a program at UC Irvine Extension that prepares international students to enroll in a full undergraduate degree program, according to UC Irvine Spokesperson Laura Rico. The program includes ESL language classes, test prep, cultural education, and personal counseling.

The female passenger reportedly said that she thought they were headed to Laguna, so maybe it'd help if the classes included Orange County geography lessons too.

But hey, at least Zhou's not a horrible driver. During most of the "high speed" chase, he observed traffic lights and laws and may not face as heavy of consequences as he would if he had just blown through the signals.

Zhou was released on $75,000 bail today, and has a court date preliminarily set on March 21.

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16 comments
antiquities9
antiquities9

Hey, the blog comments section of a local weekly doubles as a forum for suppressed racist hate spewed by a few random inbred idiots (Julie Prouty: 'nuff said....that's two 'f's,' lady). That's a shock.

I'm Asian, and I've had to deal with terrible Asian, white, Hispanic, black, elderly, teen, male, and female drivers my entire life in OC. Just this morning, a white couple cut me off on the 405 and forced me to slam on my brakes. Go figure.

Mike Zannitto
Mike Zannitto

You are an idiot Xander.......Nice response....

DayT
DayT

One of the rich kids from China. At least even during pursuit, Asians drive with brain!!

Anthoni Le
Anthoni Le

I was born here & I'm pretty sure with my luck I'd get beaten. Unless I intentionally start substituting my R's with L's around cops... Yes, that's quite a pran... so diaborico! >:D Also shows Americans aren't the only entitled pricks in the world.

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

This same CHINK got arrested in Pico Rivera back in december doing the exact same thing! Time to DEPORT this idiot before he kills somebody.

By the way - UCI Extension is for students who couldn't get into the University of Phoenix

Chuck Westerlink
Chuck Westerlink

That the chp will not beat Asians , but any other minority will get the shit beat out of them ......

Richard Cendejas
Richard Cendejas

Should have gone to Germany instead. Speed limits cause more harm than good.

Josh Wisenbaker
Josh Wisenbaker

The only Asian in Orange County who actually stops for red lights...

Rafael Salazar
Rafael Salazar

they wanted to get a complete "American " expierience

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

I predict the People's Republic will use Yuan Zhou's arrest as a cautionary tale for the country's new 300 million strong middle class: use that new money to send your kids to the U.S., watch them get a taste of American decadence and they'll come home Kardashians.

nukeglendale
nukeglendale

@DayT    Sadly, this is the best their asian brains can do:  Breaking NEARLY every law, but being proud that they actually avoided breaking a few of them!  ROFL!  Every time I drive in Arcadia, which is 65% Chinese-American, I wish I had a camera to show how brain-dead and ridiculous they are at driving !  The American-born ones are just as bad as the welder's-mask-wearing 75 lbs mothers in their leased Mercedes SUVs!  When Chinese drive, you can actually see that it takes 100% of their mental power to remember which is the gas and which is the brakes.  Turn signal?  Yeah f'ing right!  Not ONE of them has figured that out yet, and it would probably cause smoke to come out of their ears !!!!!!!  

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