General Crime

* Four Injured in High Speed Chase and Crash in Salinas

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After fleeing from deputies through the streets of Salinas, a suspected stolen vehicle crashed into another car, injuring two suspects and  two occupants of the other vehicle early Sunday morning, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly before 1 a.m., deputies attempted to stop a 1991 green Honda Accord driving with its high beams on that failed to stop at a stop sign at Williams Road and Garner Avenue.  The car did not stop, and deputies pursued the car down Williams Road and into the CVS parking lot off Bardin Road, deputies said. The vehicle doubled back, spinning out of control at the intersection of Garner Avenue and Williams Road. It then continued down Garner Avenue, reaching speeds of 80 mph. The car did not stop at another stop sign at the intersection of  Garner Avenue and Rider Avenue, and this time it collided with another Honda and sheered a telephone pole.

The two men in the green Honda were badly injured, and were flown by helicopter to Bay Area trauma centers with major injuries. Two of the four occupants of the other car suffered minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to local hospitals. Deputies suspect the green Honda was an unreported stolen vehicle, and believe the two occupants are Sureno gang members. Deputies identified one of the suspects as Alfonso Reyes Lopez.

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