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Teen trying to outrun CHP crashes, car burns

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A Fairfield teen who reportedly tried to outrun the CHP, crashed his car into a light pole early Sunday morning, and it burst into flames.

According to a report from the CHP, a pair of officers were on Highway 12 just south of Mountain Avenue watching traffic at about 3 a.m. The officers attempted to stop a 2002 Dodge Intrepid, driven by 18-year-old Carlos Gonzalez, of Fairfield, for speeding. Instead of stopping, Gonzalez tried to outrun the CHP.

Gonzalez lost control of his Dodge at Highway 12 and Verano Avenue, hit a light pole and traffic control box and the car burst into flames. Gonzalez managed to get out of the burning vehicle and was taken into custody. He suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at Sonoma Valley Hospital.

Gonzalez told the officers he ran because he didn’t have a driver’s license. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail on charges of felony evading, misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor reckless driving.

The road was closed to through traffic for about 45 minutes, but because of the hour, the CHP said traffic was minimally affected.

  • Jack Shmollie

    No license , no car , no brains .Could have easily died .Moron.

  • In Sonoma Since 1972

    …or killed someone else. And this guy is just a drop in the bucket of what’s driving on our roads, anymore.