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"I get his car now, right? Isn't that how this works?"
Phil Coulson[src]

The Chase of Robbie Reyes was a car pursuit initiated by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie to capture the demonic being known as Ghost Rider. Thanks to Reyes crashing his Hell Charger into a cloaked Quinjet, S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to capture him and strike an alliance with him.

Background

"What are you?"
"Yeah, what are you?"
Frederick and Leo Fitz[src]
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Ghost Rider destroys Frederick

While chasing their former agent Quake, S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered the existence of a ghost, Lucy Bauer, who could infect normal people through simple touch. People suffering from such illness would become crazy, seeing demonic faces everywhere, until they would die of terror like what had happened to Chen. Investigating the matter, Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie went to Momentum Labs where Bauer used to work. There, they met with another ghost, Frederick, who nearly touched Fitz. However, Fitz was rescued by the unexpected arrival of a flame-headed being, the Ghost Rider, who burnt down the ghost before leaving without further explanation, although Mackenzie figured out that he was responsible for the death of several Watchdogs in Los Angeles.[4]

Chase

"Can't be a standard Magnum under the hood. That's got to be at least a 426 Hemi."
"Maybe admire his car after we catch him. What do you think?"
Alphonso Mackenzie and Phil Coulson[src]

After a failed attempt to get answers about Lucy Bauer from Eli Morrow, who had worked with her, Phil Coulson returned on the car-park of the South Ridge Penitentiary, where he reported his failure to Alphonso Mackenzie. Before departing, however, Mackenzie saw a car being driven by a man he recognized as the human form of the Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes. Upon learning that, Coulson decided to chase him as he could give them answers regarding their investigations. Coulson and Mackenzie got on Lola and began a hot pursuit with the Ghost Rider.

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Phil Coulson boasts about capturing Ghost Rider

After a brief and intense race throughout Los Angeles, Coulson slowed down and let Ghost Rider go ahead of them. Indeed, Coulson had secretly called a Quinjet who had landed and cloaked on the Hell Charger's way. Failing to see the Quinjet in time, Ghost Rider rushed at it and was knocked unconscious when the car brutally hit the plane. Coulson and Mackenzie immediately followed and apprehended the Ghost Rider, locking him in the Containment Module of the Zephyr One.[5]

Aftermath

Robbie

Phil Coulson interrogates Robbie Reyes

"I think it's time I make a deal with the devil myself."
Phil Coulson[src]

After bringing Robbie Reyes to the Zephyr One, Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie discussed what they should do next. As Daisy Johnson seemed to trust Reyes, who also happened to be Eli Morrow's nephew, Coulson decided to enlist the Rider's help in their search for answers. Therefore, he took the risk of releasing Reyes from custody, calling this making his own deal with the devil, in order to have him talk with his uncle while S.H.I.E.L.D. would secretly listen to the conversation. This would eventually lead S.H.I.E.L.D. after the infamous book known as the Darkhold.[5]

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