Officer hit during a sideshow – North Valley teens arrested

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Two North Valley teens are accused of being in a car that struck a police officer in the bay area on Sunday.

The incident in Richmond was caught on camera and happened during a sideshow – a gathering where drivers perform stunts on a street.  The officer was trying to break up the gathering when a car accelerated and he was hit.  He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering from broken bones and cuts.

Investigators say the suspect’s car was found abandoned a few hours later.  The owner reported it stolen at a South San Francisco station.  Police say that was a false report and the owner is actually the suspect.

Police later arrested 18-year-old Juan Vargas of Patterson.  They believe he was the driver.  He’s facing charges of Attempted Murder.  His girlfriend, 18-year-old Genesis Diaz-Castaneda of Santa Nella was arrested on Suspicion of Conspiracy.

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