Mayor nabbed after wild-ride bag snatch

A suburban Los Angeles mayor has been arrested after a handbag-snatching and a wild ride through streets with a woman clinging to his sport utility vehicle.

San Gabriel police Lieutenant Ariel Duran said Albert Huang was booked in jail for investigation of felony assault, felony robbery and misdemeanour battery after his arrest early yesterday.

Duran says the 35-year-old mayor had been arguing with the woman over money in a parking lot when he took the woman’s bag and got into his sports-utility vehicle.

Investigators said the woman was standing on the running board and reaching through the passenger window when Huang sped away, reaching speeds of 75 km/h for more than 500 metres.

The woman’s name and her relationship to the mayor weren’t released.

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