Damik A. Disdier charged for police chase that ended on Venice Beach
By Sam Catanzaro
A man has been charged after he allegedly led police on a pursuit while wearing a Joker mask and waving a chainsaw.
Damik A. Disdier (dob 3/22/79) of Santa Ana faces one felony count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Disdier pleaded not guilty to the charge July 24 and is scheduled to return on Aug. 6 in Department 31 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.
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 and was wearing a mask while seen standing out of the sunroof of his car.
If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of three years in state prison. Bail is set at $75,000.
The case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, West Los Angeles Station.