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December 9, 2023

Suspect from Hollister connected to Salinas street racing

Salinas police recently arrested a Hollister man suspected of taking part in street racing.

Salinas police made the arrest Thursday in connection to a Dec. 7 chase following reports of street racing in the city. That night, Salinas police responded to multiple calls of street racers throughout the city.

According to a statement released Friday by Salinas P.D.:

Violence Suppression Task Force officers were working that night and were involved in a vehicle pursuit of a BMW on Highway 101. The BMW was part of the racing group.

The pursuit ended when it became unsafe. Violence Suppression officers conducted further follow-up and were able to positively identify the driver as Roberto Ceja Rangel (31) a Sureno gang member out of Hollister.

On Dec. 20, Task Force officers located the BMW in the City of Seaside at a local body shop.

Rangel was contacted and arrested without incident. Rangel is an unlicensed driver and the BMW was impounded for 30 days.

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