CHP officers arrest two after street racing event in San Mateo County


California Highway Patrol officers arrested two people early this morning in San Mateo County on suspicion of felony evading and other offenses, according to the CHP.

CHP officers from the Redwood City office received a report at about 12:30 a.m. of street racing by multiple vehicles on Canada Road between state Highway 92 and Edgewood Road.

A CHP unit tried to stop a Chevrolet TrailBlazer speeding south on Canada Road, CHP officials said.

The driver of the Chevy did not stop, but instead accelerated and led officers on a pursuit onto Interstate Highway 280, according to the CHP.

Officers lost sight of the Chevy just north of Farm Hill Road because the vehicle was traveling so fast, CHP officials said.

But the engine of the TrailBlazer then blew and CHP officers followed the engine smoke until they were able to arrest the suspect, CHP Officer Moises Escoto said.

The vehicle also spilled oil on the highway, prompting the closure of three lanes of the highway until crews cleaned it up, CHP officials said.

A CHP unit at the same time as the other pursuit saw a Subaru WRX racing on Canada Road just south of Highway 92. A CHP officer tried to stop the Subaru but the driver led the officer on a pursuit west on Highway 92 toward Half Moon Bay, CHP officials said.

The officer was able to arrest the suspect when the vehicle stopped on state Highway 35 just south of Highway 92, according to the CHP.

Officers booked both suspects into the San Mateo County Jail, CHP officials said. Their names were not immediately being released.

Escoto said 15 to 20 or more people were racing early this morning and officers were only able to apprehend the two.

Anyone who witnessed the races is being asked to contact Officer Stone or Officer Walker at the CHP Redwood City office at (650) 369-6261.

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