John Yun was driving down Slater Avenue on Saturday night with his headlights off.
When a Huntington Beach officer saw him, he flashed his lights to alert him.
And that's when things took an unexpected turn, said Lt. Russell Reinhart. Instead of turning his headlights on, Yun, 36, made a quick turn into a residential area.
The officer made a u-turn and followed Yun, but when he found the car, it was empty, Reinhart said. Residents told the officer they saw someone running through backyards. The officer called for backup and enlisted the helicopter's help to locate him.