East Bay

2 Men Arrested After Collision During Drag Race Throws 1 Car Down Embankment

Two men – one of whom is 74 years old – were arrested Monday after their cars collided during a drag race in the East Bay, sending one vehicle plummeting 30 feet into a canal.

Brentwood police and emergency responders received a report of a two-car crash at Sand Creek Road and O’Hara Avenue around 9 a.m., according to East County Today.

Police say a 28-year-old Antioch man was driving a Nissan 350Z while the elderly Brentwood man was in a Honda S2000. Both suffered minor injuries, but were standing by their cars when police arrived.

Brentwood police Lt. Sal DiMercurio told the newspaper that both drivers were speeding eastbound on Sand Creek Road in what police later determined to be a drag race.

"The driver of the Honda attempted to make a sudden lane change when he saw a road crew working in the median in front of him," DiMercurio said. "As he did so, he crossed in front of the Nissan and was broadsided."

He continued: "Both vehicles spun out of control, with the Honda coming to rest on the dirt shoulder and the Nissan becoming airborne and flipping approximately 30 [feet] down the embankment near the Marsh Creek Trail."

The two men, whose cars were towed, were charged with engaging in a speed contest and released after officers issued a notice to appear in court.

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