A road rage case involving a gang member harassing two teens as they drove from the coast toward Petaluma ended Sunday night with the arrest of a 17-year-old Santa Rosa youth, the CHP said.
Over the course of several miles the suspect tried to force the other teens off of the roadway and repeatedly yelled at them to pull over and at one point stopped and threw a bat at the other car, breaking the windshield, CHP spokesman Officer Jon Sloat said Monday.
The victims, a 17-year-old boy and a teen girl, had been at a Bodega Bay beach Sunday.
As they were leaving they were approached by the suspect who asked the boy if "he banged," meaning was he a gang member, and challenged him, Sloat said.
The victim, who told officers he wasn't a gang member, said he and the girl got into their car and left the beach.
They were followed by the teen, driving a Honda Accord. Heading south on Highway 1, the Honda driver swerved toward them, cut them off and yelled for them to stop, Sloat said.
On Bodega Avenue near Eastman Lane, just west of Petaluma, the Honda driver pulled ahead.
He then stopped, got out and threw a small bat at the teens' car as it passed. The bat shattered the windshield.
The teen driver then called 911.
A CHP officer went looking for the suspect spotted the Honda Accord on Middle Two Rock Road.