Hollywood Car-Chase Driver Was Trained Tactical U.S. Marine Corps Service Member
"Herschel Reynolds' premature discharge and rank are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps' expectations and standards."
The driver in a high-speed chase, who captivated onlookers with fancy maneuvers through Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, is a trained tactical vehicle driver for the U.S. Marine Corps, authorities confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Herschel Reynolds, 20, drove a Mustang along with passenger Isaiah Young, 19, through downtown L.A. and Hollywood, performing stunts such as doughnuts on Hollywood Boulevard before being apprehended by authorities.
"Herschel Reynolds' premature discharge and rank are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps' expectations and standards," the U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement. Reynolds was discharged Jan. 13., according to records.
Reynolds served for nearly two years as a private and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to military records. He was never deployed. No additional information was released.
At one point during the Thursday chase, it appeared a TMZ tour bus was trying to trap the suspects, both of whom originally were wanted for burglary. However, TMZ later reported that the driver said he was trying to change lanes and just happened to cut the Mustang off.
The nearly two-hour chase came to a peaceful end when the suspects stopped in a neighborhood on 51st Street near Central Avenue. There, a large crowd gathered, with some people taking selfies with the suspects before authorities arrived and took the drivers into custody.
Both men were booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of burglary, according to the sheriff's department.
Reynolds is being held on $50,000 bond and Young on $80,000 bond, according to jail records.