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Three men arrested in Hopland robbery, Highway 101 chase

Three men suspected of being involved in a home invasion robbery in Hopland and a high-speed chase ending in Healdsburg were arrested late Friday night and early Saturday morning by Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies.

One of the men was picked up walking along Westside Road around 10 p.m., while the two others were spotted by a county dispatcher around 5:30 a.m. hitchhiking south on Highway 101 near River Road, Sgt. Dave Pedersen said.

The two men on the highway were wet and had their arms inside their T-shirts for warmth, Pedersen said.

"Their stories were less than stellar of how they got there," he said.

All three were all turned over to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department, which released no information about the case Friday night or Saturday.

On Friday afternoon, Mendocino County put out an alert for three black males heading south on Highway 101 in a black Dodge Challenger. The men were suspected of taking part in a robbery involving guns and drugs at a home.

Two Cloverdale police officers spotted the car and gave chase, with the suspect's car hitting speeds up to 125 mph, Pedersen said.

The men ditched the car on Magnolia Lane, south of Westside Road, triggering a fruitless three-hour manhunt.


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