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Driver Arrested For Going 30 MPH Through Glendale, In Reverse

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A 49-year-old man could face reckless driving charges after police spotting his Mazda going 30 mph in reverse for approximately three miles through central Glendale on Saturday, reports the Glendale News-Press. An off-duty officer reportedly spotted Gurgen Gukasyan at about 6 a.m. on North Glendale Avenue looking over his shoulder as he drove backward with his right arm on the passenger seat and his head turned.

Police reports indicate his route continued westbound on Monterey Road, and north on Geneva Street to West Glenoaks Boulevard, swerving between the lanes, as he allegedly was headed to a friend's residence. He stopped in the 1100 block of Graynold Avenue, parked, and exited the vehicle where he was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving. He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, say police.

Gukasyan was also the driver arrested on Dec. 20 for allegedly causing more than $4000 worth of damage after driving his car up onto Verdugo Park on Cañada Boulevard, parking, and blaring music, and causing deep tire marks in the grass. Notes the Glendale News-Press, no injuries were reported in his latest display of "disregard for public safety."

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Charges had not been filed against Gukasyan as of Monday afternoon, said a Los Angeles County district attorney’s office spokeswoman, and he was released from custody on Saturday after posting $5,000 bail, reports the Glendale News-Press.