PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police have arrested four drivers as part of the latest crackdown on street racing.
Kevin Garcia, Jaren Jacobsen and Mystar Russell were arrested Sunday on suspicion of reckless driving and reckless endangering, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
A 17-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, police said.
The arrests come as racers take advantage of reduced traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic, and warmer weather. It wasn’t immediately known if the people arrested have lawyers to comment for them.
Police had announced plans to partner with other law enforcement agencies over the weekend after police were called to the Fremont Bridge last week on reports of dozens of racers blocking traffic and cars spinning circles across the span.
The Sunday night effort in North and Northeast Portland resulted in 12 traffic stops and two dozen as many citations — both for street racing and other illegal driving, police said. Three cars were also towed.
Street racing has long been a problem in the Portland area, with events occasionally drawing as many as 1,000 spectators.