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Malibu high school student in trouble after 'surfing' on top of moving car

May 12, 2010 |  5:00 pm

Johnny strange
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Malibu spent Wednesday looking for a teenager who was spotted “surfing” on top of a fast-moving vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway.

Photographs taken from a school bus showed a young man in skinny black jeans and skateboarding shoes climbing onto the roof of a white BMW sport-utility vehicle. The young man crouched low -- like a surfer -- to avoid falling off as the vehicle sped down the road.

By Wednesday afternoon, sheriff's deputies had identified the suspect: Johnny Strange, a Malibu High School senior with a history of extreme exploits. 

Last year, when he was 17, Strange become the youngest person in the world to climb the highest peak on seven continents, known collectively as the Seven Summits. His father, Brian Strange, an attorney, is also a mountain climber.

Deputies met Johnny Strange and the driver of the car, a 17-year-old girl, at Malibu High after school.

The driver, who did not have her full license, will probably face charges of reckless driving, said Sheriff's Sgt. Phillip Brooks. Johnny Strange will probably be charged with riding outside a vehicle, Brooks said. 

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: A teenager who sheriff's deputies have identified as Johnny Strange can be seen "street surfing" in Malibu. Credit: L.A. County Sheriff's Department