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Portland police, Oregon troopers crack down on illegal street racing on Oct. 23 and 24.

COURTESY PHOTO: PPB - A car pulled over by Portland police on Saturday, Oct. 24.Eight people were arrested and seven cars towed in a coordinated effort to clamp down on street racers in Portland over the Oct. 23 to 24 weekend.

Working with the Oregon State Police, four of the arrests were made Saturday night, the Portland Police Bureau said.

A larger event on Sunday included people from out-of-state who gathered in different spots of the city in an effort to take over an area, including a parking garage at the Lloyd Center.

Authorities said the street racers were able to take over a spot at NE 12th and Glisan for about 20 minutes before police managed to break it up.

That group "appeared to be coordinated and intent on a large takeover," but the police were able to stop a takeover of a bridge or a city street, the bureau said.

Sunday night there were four arrests from 29 traffic stops, plus five cars towed and 19 citations, authorities said. Two of the arrests were for reckless driving, one for DUII and one for driving with a revoked license.

After years of street racers taking over Portland streets and bridges, city leaders began a concerted crackdown about a month ago. A new city ordinance took effect with real penalties. Racers who break the ordinance — including people who merely facilitate the events — risk up to a month in jail, a $500 fine and their car being towed.

Mayor Ted Wheeler reminded the public that this charge would be in addition to any applicable criminal charges.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.

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