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Highway 4: Teenager leads CHP on 100 mph pursuit

A teenage driver is suspected of trying to outrace officers and crashing a vehicle into an embankment on a state Highway 4 exit on Monday, the California Highway Patrol said.

The boy and three other teenage boys all emerged OK from the crash, which happened following a pursuit that started in the westbound direction at Laurel Road in Oakley. The driver accelerated to over 100 mph during the chase, the CHP said.

It all happened around 6 p.m., when a CHP officer spotted a 2019 Kia Rio weaving in and out of traffic and driving 100 mph, the CHP said. When the officer tried to pull over the Kia, the CHP said the driver took off.

“Reckless driving over 100 mph on the highway that endangers all drivers’ safety will not be tolerated,” the CHP said in a statement. “These extremely poor choices from unsafe drivers are the exact drivers we are continually trying to get off the road at all times. We are thankful nobody was seriously injured or killed.”

The CHP discontinued the chase around the San Marco Boulevard exit in Bay Point because of safety concerns for other motorists on the highway, the agency said. Another mile up the highway, the officers exited at Willow Pass Road in Concord and noticed the Kia had crashed into an embankment just off the exit.

The Kia caught fire after the crash, the CHP said, and the officer put it out with a fire extinguisher. At that point, the Kia was empty, the CHP said.

Witnesses told officers that four people in the car fled the crash scene, and the CHP surrounded the area around Willow Pass Road and Evora Road. The officers eventually found all four occupants and took the driver into custody and booked him into Juvenile Hall.

The other three boys were held until their parents or guardians could come get them, the CHP said.

None of the boys were injured seriously, though some did complain of pain, the CHP said.