PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday arrested two people and stopped 27 drivers in their latest crackdown on Portland street racing.
Ruben Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, and Nicholas Murphy was arrested on a warrant for first-degree forgery, according to Portland police.
The Sunday night effort in North and Northeast Portland also resulted in 10 traffic citations, police said. Two cars were towed, as well.
The arrests come a week after authorities arrested four drivers and two weeks after police were called to the Fremont Bridge on reports of dozens of racers blocking traffic and cars spinning in circles.
After the Fremont Bridge debacle, Portland police announced they were partnering with other law enforcement agencies to try to curb the activities.
Street racing has long been a problem in the Portland area, with events occasionally drawing up to 1,000 spectators. Participants have been known to block freeways and urban arterials like Marine Drive.