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5 arrested in 2 street races on Gandy Bridge, speed exceeded 100 mph, troopers say

The races occurred just after midnight Sunday — about five minutes apart, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Published Oct. 4|Updated Oct. 4

Five people were arrested Sunday morning after two separate races in which troopers say drivers went faster than 100 mph on the Gandy Bridge.

The two races occurred about five minutes apart, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. It is unclear if they are connected.

Bryan Sanchez Sierra, 23, of Tampa and Jarrin Smith, 22, of St. Petersburg were arrested for a race that occurred around 12:03 a.m. on the eastbound side of the Gandy Bridge, according to arrest reports. A trooper said the two men were seen slowing down their Infiniti sedans to pull even with each other before quickly accelerating.

The trooper observed them traveling at least 120 mph, according to the arrest reports.

Troopers caught up to Sanchez Sierra and Smith and pulled them over around 12:11 a.m., reports said. They were booked into Pinellas County Jail before being released on $150 bail each, jail records show. Both men face a charge of racing on the highway.

From left: Jarrin Smith, 22, and Bryan Sanchez Sierra, 23, were arrested just after midnight Sunday after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper said they were racing on Gandy Bridge at speeds of at least 120 mph.
From left: Jarrin Smith, 22, and Bryan Sanchez Sierra, 23, were arrested just after midnight Sunday after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper said they were racing on Gandy Bridge at speeds of at least 120 mph. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]

The second race happened on the westbound side of Gandy Bridge at 12:08 a.m., according to arrest reports. Troopers observed two vehicles slowing to about 35 mph, before hearing the vehicles shift into a lower gear in order to accelerate more quickly.

A trooper began to follow them and, despite the speedometer on the trooper’s vehicle reading more than 100 mph, the distance between the two racing vehicles and the trooper’s own vehicle continued to widen, according to arrest reports.

Norberto Flores, 27, of Rochester, New York, Joshua Flores, 31, of Buffalo, New York, and Joshua Camacho, 27, of Seffner were arrested at 12:29 a.m. Sunday, jail records show. They were booked into Pinellas County Jail before being released on $150 bail each.

It is unclear which men were driving the two vehicles involved in the second race, and whether Norberto Flores and Joshua Flores are related. Each man faces a charge of racing on the highway.

From left: Joshua Flores, 31, Norberto Flores, 27, and Joshua Camacho, 27, were arrested just after midnight Sunday after the Florida Highway Patrol said they were racing on the westbound side of the Gandy Bridge. A trooper began to follow them and, despite the speedometer on the trooper’s vehicle reading more than 100 mph, the distance between the two racing vehicles and the trooper’s own vehicle continued to widen, according to arrest reports.
From left: Joshua Flores, 31, Norberto Flores, 27, and Joshua Camacho, 27, were arrested just after midnight Sunday after the Florida Highway Patrol said they were racing on the westbound side of the Gandy Bridge. A trooper began to follow them and, despite the speedometer on the trooper’s vehicle reading more than 100 mph, the distance between the two racing vehicles and the trooper’s own vehicle continued to widen, according to arrest reports. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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