A man dressed as Batman’s notorious archnemesis allegedly led the authorities from Westminster to Venice Beach where he was detained and charged with a felony.
Around 3:00 pm on Saturday, a California Highway Patrol officer reportedly saw a sedan traveling down the 405 freeway that appeared as if it was being operated in a reckless manner.
In a pursuit that would continue for nearly an hour the CHP attempted to stop the car, but the suspect continued driving. After switching freeways and entering the adjoining Los Angeles County area the vehicle came to a halt in Venice Beach.
While the car was still in motion the person suspected of driving reportedly poked the top half of his body out of the sunroof while a passenger took control of the steering wheel. He was seen in footage caught by news helicopters as he twisted his protruding body to face the rear of the vehicle while wearing what appeared to be a Joker costume complete with a green wig and a mask.
After reaching the area near the pier, the suspect leaped from the top of the car and headed toward the beach.
With the Los Angeles police and CHP working in a combined effort to detain him, the suspect continued by foot onto the sand where the beachgoers were enjoying the ocean.
Before he reached the water, the masked man took a moment to join some people playing in the sand and gave one of them a high-five when he continued on his way.
By the time he got to the water’s edge, the police had surrounded the suspect while onlookers swarmed over to the area to inspect the source of the action.
The man, later identified as 40-year-old Damik A. Disdier, placed his jacket on the ground and did not resist when he was taken into custody.
Disider is being accused of a felony count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly for his antics, and he has entered a plea of not guilty to the allegations. He was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.
The authorities have not yet discovered a motive for the incident at this point and on August 6, Disider will go back to court where it will be determined if enough evidence exists in order to warrant a jury trial.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.