An 18-year-old Chinese national who was detained on Thursday after a high-speed police pursuit in Malibu, California that reached speeds over 100 mph was released on bail Friday morning after posting $75,000.
Yuan Zhou, an exchange student at UC Irvine, was booked on Thursday night on suspicion of felony evading and reckless driving, California Highway Patrol officers said.
A KTLA reporter described the white BMW he was driving as “the biggest, baddest BMW they make.”
According to CBS Los Angeles, he was released at 5:35 a.m. Friday after posting $75,000 bail.
Authorities questioned and released his two passengers, a male and a female, CHP officials said.
“I believe they’re all Chinese nationals,” CHP Sgt. Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh said at the scene of the arrest.
Police began pursuing a white BMW 750I on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway near South Indiana Street after trying to pull it over for reckless driving. The chase reached speeds of 115 mph on the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway and 90 to 95 mph as the car headed north on PCH.
When CHP officers performed a PIT maneuver on the vehicle, the driver finally stopped on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu at the end of a 40-minute pursuit. Footage from Sky9 showed the driver threw the car’s keys out the window and another officer pulled him out of the vehicle and onto the ground.
Reports noted that as the chase ensued, the car came to a complete stop at least three times when it reached red lights at intersections.
Sounds like another one of China’s wealthy princelings on the loose, the most famous case of which might be Bo Guagua, the younger son of Bo Xilai who was ensnared in scandal during his time abroad as a student.