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CHP asks for felony charges in Sonoma County bottle-throwing incidents

The CHP is seeking felony charges against two Sebastopol teens suspected of throwing water bottles at moving vehicles in February.

The two boys, 15 and 16, could face three felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury, CHP spokesman Officer Jon Sloat said Tuesday.

A CHP officer recently completed his investigation into the incidents, which involved eight confirmed cases of bottle throwing during a two-week period.

The plastic bottles were lobbed at two school buses, a city bus and five other vehicles. Most of the incidents occurred in the west county.

The case was being given this week to the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office for review for possible charges.

The boys, known to be friends, are students at Analy High School.

During those February weeks, drivers began contacting law enforcement about someone in a white pickup throwing a full bottle at their vehicles. One bus driver got glass into an eye when a bottle shattered her windshield. No children were aboard the buses at the time they were struck, the CHP said.

In one incident, a bottle was thrown at a stopped Santa Rosa city bus. "We have that one on video," Sloat said.

The case against the two included a "preponderance of evidence" including witness information, surveillance video, cellphone and school records, Sloat said.

Both boys are suspected of having thrown the water bottles, which were filled with liquid.


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