Teen carjacking suspects arrested in North County after 130-mile ride

mfountain@thetribunenews.comApril 17, 2014 

Three allegedly violent teenage carjacking suspects were arrested in Santa Margarita by the California Highway Patrol on northbound Highway 101 on Wednesday after authorities tracked them from Visalia.

At about 6 p.m., at least three CHP vehicles and a CHP helicopter were on the lookout for a silver Nissan sedan that was allegedly taken by force from a woman in Visalia, about 130 miles northeast of San Luis Obispo County, according to CHP spokesperson Laura Browning.

The CHP and Visalia Police Department worked together to nab three teens — one 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds — who were found driving the stolen vehicle on Highway 101 just south of Highway 58 in Santa Margarita.

Browning said officers stopped several other vehicles fitting the description of the stolen car before finding the teenagers.

The suspects are not being identified because they are minors, but Browning said they are from Fresno County. The Santa Maria Police Department were also involved in the case. 

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