REHOBOTH — Rehoboth Police arrested three New York men after a vehicle in which they were traveling hit speeds as fast as 140 miles per hour while on Route 44.

On February 24 at approximately 8:15 p.m., Rehoboth Police responded to Winthrop Street (Route 44) for a report of a red Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling at an extremely high rate of speed coming into town from Seekonk. Police say it was reported that the Jeep was passing vehicles and causing vehicles in the other lane to swerve to avoid a head-on collision.

Rehoboth Police located the vehicle and determined it reached speeds of 140 miles per hour. They say it approached the intersection of Route 44 and Route 118 at 103 miles per hour, at which time police deployed “stop sticks” and deflated the vehicle’s tires. The Jeep made an abrupt left turn at Williams Street and immediately pulled into a driveway, where it spun out of control.

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Three occupants were found in the vehicle and it was initially believed that the operator fled. The occupants were identified as:

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Justin Vargas, 20,

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Michael Vargas, 20,

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and Narciso Urena, 27, all of Queens, New York. Rehoboth Police began a search for the operator with Massachusetts State Police Air Wing also assisting with the search.

Police say in the vehicle, officers located items known to be utilized in the theft of motor vehicle parts, particularly catalytic converters. Also during the search, police found a footprint on the driver’s seat and determined that Justin Vargas had been the driver.

All three individuals were arrested and are being charged with possession of a burglarious instrument. Justin Vargas is also being charged with failure to stop for police and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

All three were scheduled to be arraigned in Taunton District Court today.

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