Police disrupt speed racing Sunday night
Portland and Oregon state police officers broke up illegal street racing in the city on Sunday, making two arrests, conducting 47 traffic stops, and issuing numerous citations.
The operation followed the City Council's passage of new restriction on illegal street racing.
"Street racing is illegal, dangerous and harms our community," said Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell. "We appreciate our partners' assistance with these missions which take considerable resources and can be hazardous for all involved. I am pleased no one was harmed last night when the suspect crashed into a police vehicle."
According to Portland police, on Oct. 10, officers, in partnership with the Oregon State Police conducted a multi-precinct Speed Racing enforcement mission. They saturated areas where speed racing has become treacherous for pedestrians and drivers, as well as a constant noise disturbance to the nearby neighborhoods.
On Sunday night, 50 street racers showed up, but due to the presence of law enforcement, were forced away from congregating and unable to exhibit speed and competitive performance without consequence.
According to Portland police, during this mission, police conducted 47 traffic stops, issued 21 citations, gave countless warnings and made two arrests.
In addition, a new Subaru WRX STI with low profile rims from Olympia, Washington, attempted to elude police. The vehicle was driving over 100 miles per hour when it apparently saw spike strips in the road, and in an attempt to avoid the spike strips stopped, reversed and rear ended a police vehicle. Officers effectively deployed a "box in" maneuver which was effective in preventing the car from continuing.
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