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Doughnut-Spinning 'Droptop Bandits' Sentenced To Two Years In Prison
The two men who led cops on the zaniest, most-L.A. police pursuit in recent memory will be sitting behind bars.
On Friday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced that 20-year-old Herschel Reynolds and 19-year-old Isaiah Dewayne Young were each sentenced to two years in prison. Last month they each pleaded no contest to felony charges of burglary and "fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly."
Police pursued the suspects on April 7 when they were suspected of breaking into a home in Cerritos. The so-called "Droptop Bandits" drove a rented Mustang on a rainy day in Southern California, leading police on a chase that found its way through Cerritos, downtown L.A., Hollywood, Exposition Park, and eventually ended in South L.A.
While in Hollywood, Reynolds, who was behind the wheel, spun doughnuts in the rain:
And later they got into it with a TMZ tour bus:
It was later revealed that Reynolds' driving skills came from his days in the Marine Corps, where he was a tactical driver at Camp Pendleton. He was "prematurely discharged" from the Marines, according to Pentagon officials. Reynolds also faces sentencing next week for a hit-in-run case in May, reports the L.A. Times. In that case, UCLA police say he knocked over a man with his motorcycle.