A Ford Mustang leads authorities on a pursuit on the 101 Freeway on Thursday afternoon. (KTLA)
A combination of rainy weather and a high-speed chase produced a bizarre image in the annals of televised pursuits: The suspect doing doughnuts on live television and later being blocked by a TMZ tour bus, apparently in the role of a vigilante.
The suspects, driving in a Ford Mustang convertible with the roof down, led police on a chase from the Cerritos area into downtown Los Angeles and eventually to Hollywood. Authorities temporarily abandoned the pursuit because of the weather conditions, said LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig.
The driver and passenger in Cerritos about 2 p.m. when someone reported a burglary,Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.
Throughout the pursuit, the passenger in the Mustang occasionally stood up and danced, pumped their fist and made other hand gestures. Richard Winton and Joseph Serna of the Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that at least once, the car clipped another vehicle, leaving the Mustang with a dent above its left front tire. On windy Hollywood Hills roads, the car came dangerously close to veering off into the hillside.
At various times, both the driver and the passenger, wearing matching blue shirts, signaled to onlookers.
On the Hollywood Boulevard overpass of the 101 Freeway, the driver performed a series of doughnuts as cars around him came to an abrupt halt.
(Originally published in the December, 2012, issue of the Richmond Review newspaper, a community news source serving the Richmond District of San Francisco.)
By Thomas K. Pendergast
Hoping to give Comcast some real competition in San Francisco, AT&T has started installing outdoor cabinets for its Lightspeed U-verse fiber-optic cable in the Outer Richmond District, near the Safeway at Ocean Beach, and is about to bring more than two dozen of the boxes to the Sunset District.
But do not expect them to be set up in the Richmond and Sunset districts at anywhere near the speed of light.
Resistance against AT&T's citywide plan to set up 726 fiber-optic boxes led to a controversial decision by the SF Board of Supervisors last year, when it voted 6-5 to exempt AT&T's boxes from environmental impact studies.
"My position was that the approval process was being moved forward without enough community input or adequate environmental review," says Richmond District Supervisor Eric Mar, who voted against the exemption. "Though I was on the losing end … I still believe that AT&T should maintain its commitment to continue working with neighbors who have concerns and to not install boxes where there is strong resident opposition. There is certainly the potential for miles of blighted boxes on the public right of way."
Sunset District Supervisor Carmen Chu, however, voted with the majority. She said the city's Planning Department determined that under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), environmental reviews of the boxes were not required.
"There is actually an exemption from environmental review for construction and location of some of these new small facilities or structures. And there also is a specific exemption that applies to utility extensions," Chu said. "There is actually language that is specific to an exemption for this kind of structure in the state guidelines."
... Now, however, a new group called the Sunset Residents Association is being organized to confront the company's expansion plans. The founders, Adolfo Castillo and Thomas Soper, claim they have more than a half-dozen members and plan on expanding into both the Sunset and Richmond districts.