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Two 17-year-old Burlingame girls were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after their two SUVs sideswiped one another in a collision in San Mateo Wednesday night, police said. San Mateo police responded to the scene of the collision at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the vicinity of El Camino Real and Peninsula Avenue. Based on a police investigation, the two SUVs were traveling northbound on El Camino Real, each driven by intoxicated 17-year-old girls, when they collided in a sideswipe fashion at the intersection.
While neither juvenile was injured, property damage included a cut-off PG&E pole and a sheared fire hydrant, causing a power outage and flooding in the area, police said. The flooded intersection was blocked off to traffic and partially reopened after a four-hour closure. Repair crews worked on the damaged intersection through the night and well into morning, police said. Both juveniles were found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested on suspicion of DUI. They were cited by police and released to their parents. Police are continuing to investigate what led up to the collision, but said that alcohol intoxication has been determined as a primary factor.
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