An 18-year-old study abroad student who was detained in February after leading Malibu cops on a high-speed chase in his big, bad BMW was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport during an attempt to return to China, according to a Chinese-language report in the US.
Yuan Zhou, an exchange student at UC Irvine, was held on February 20 on suspicion of felony-evading and reckless driving.
Police began pursuing Zhou’s white BMW on the Golden State Freeway (5) near downtown LA after he refused to pull over for speeding and swerving. The 40-minute pursuit reached speeds of around 115 mph, according to police, although the driver did managed to come to a complete stop at least three different times as he approached red lights.
The student was released early the next day after posting 75,000 USD bail.
Court documents showed that Zhou didn’t show up to his scheduled court date on September 10, according to NetEase, leading the judge to issue a 17,000 USD bench warrant for his arrest. Despite this, Zhou still tried to fly back to China from LA on the afternoon of October 25, but was intercepted by police at LAX.