A Santa Ana man could face three years in prison for leading police officers on a chase that ended in Venice.

Damik A. Disdier, 40, faces one felony count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly in connection with an chase that began in Westminster and received significant attention as Disdier wore a Joker clown mask during the incident.

“On July 20, the costumed defendant led police on a pursuit that began in Westminster and finished in Venice when he abandoned his vehicle and walked among beach goers, prosecutors said. During the pursuit, Disdier displayed a prop chainsaw,” said the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in a statement.

A some points in the chase, Disdier was seen standing in the sunroof of the car.

Disdier entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday during his hearing and is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 6. He is being held on a $75,000 bail.

A woman in the car during the chase was questioned by investigators but was released without charges.


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