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Three teens arrested after high-speed race on Highway 101

Three teen drivers apparently racing each other on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa wove in and out of nighttime traffic before hitting a clear stretch and accelerating beyond 105 mph, according to the CHP.

Two of the drivers were 16 and one was 17.

Officers arrested them on suspicion of reckless driving with wanton disregard for public safety, a misdemeanor. They were released to their parents.

Officer Josh Phillips spotted the three at about 9:30 p.m. Friday heading south on the highway.

The Honda Civic, BMW and Pontiac sedan were south of Yolanda Avenue, speeding and weaving around traffic. Phillips reported they also nearly caused several collisions as they tailgated and crossed lanes.

When the young drivers got beyond traffic they sped up to 105 mph and faster, according to the officer.

Phillips caught up and ordered them, via loud speaker, to take the Todd Road exit and they complied.

Two of the teens were from Rohnert Park and one was a Santa Rosa resident.

The 16-year-olds had teens in their cars, which violated the license regulations for new drivers, Sloat said.


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