The man who was allegedly behind the wheel of a convertible Ford Mustang seen in a televised, wild police chase said Monday that he doesn't know why he showed off for cameras surrounded by people eager to take selfies with him.
Friends surrounded Herschel Reynolds, 20, on Monday, trying to shield him from the media after he bailed out of jail after having his arraignment postponed.
Reynolds said he didn't know there had been a burglary and he thought police were chasing him because he had a prior ticket.
Video from Southern California's police pursuits and follow-ups on what happened after the chase
"I don't know," he told NBC4. "I was asking myself that question while I was sitting in jail."
Reynolds and a friend who were suspected in a residential burglary led police on a wild pursuit on Thursday through Los Angeles, hitting another car and doing doughnuts at several locations. They even got boxed in by a TMZ tour bus at one point. The chase ended in South Los Angeles as gawkers surrounded them and took selfies with their cellphones before the suspect and his passenger surrendered to deputies.
Reynolds was recently discharged early from the Marine Corps where he'd served as a private who was specially trained as a motor vehicle operator for the First Marines Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton for two years.
The Marine Corps issued a statement saying, "Reynolds' premature discharge and rank are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps' expectations and standards."
Reynolds' friend and passenger Isaiah Young, 19, was arraigned Monday in Bellflower. He pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary and fleeing from police.