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LA Police Chase Ends in Bizarre Arrest of Masked Man on Venice Beach

Once the car stopped, one man got out and walked onto Venice Beach, even stopping for a brief moment to play with beachgoers on the sand

A police pursuit in Los Angeles Saturday ended with a bizarre twist: a suspect -- sporting a bright green wig and mask -- eventually exited the car and walked onto Venice Beach as bystanders looked on in confusion.

The pursuit started on the northbound 405 Freeway near the 22 Freeway at around 2:48 p.m., California Highway Patrol officials said. Police chased a black car that appeared to be occupied by at least two people.

CHP said someone had called authorities to report a person was hanging out of the vehicle's sunroof, acting recklessly.

Police chased the vehicle, reaching speeds of about 70 mph on the freeway.

Soon, the driver exited the freeway near Venice Beach.

At 3:37 p.m., NBC 4's Newschopper4 Bravo captured images of one of the people inside the car crawling out of the sunroof. The man, wearing a green wig with a white mask resembling the comic book character, The Joker, sat on top of the vehicle as it continued to move through the streets.

A few minutes later, the car pulled over and the masked man got out and started walking toward the beach.

He hopped over a short wall and onto the sand. He then made his way to the shoreline, at one point even stopping to interact with beachgoers on the sand.

The suspect stopped next to a bystander who was playfully burying his friend in the sand. The man in the sand, unaware the suspect was being chased by police, smiled; he and the suspect exchanged a quick high-five.

The suspect took off his shirt and continued to walk toward the water. By now, beachgoers had gathered around, trying to figure out what was going on. Officers descended on the shoreline and finally arrested the man.

Beachgoers, many with their cellphones in hand, looked on, forming a crowd around the suspect as police handcuffed him.

No one was hurt in the chase.

Once the suspect was in custody, officers began walking off the beach. One officer could be seen carrying the suspect's green wig.

No other information was available.

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