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Deputies: Street racers caught speeding in excess of 105 mph on I-84

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Christopher Rocklin, jail booking photo Christopher Rocklin, jail booking photo
CORBETT, OR (KPTV) -

Two street racers were caught driving in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 84, according to deputies.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received a report of four or five vehicles stopped in traffic and setting up to race on eastbound I-84 near the Corbett exit at 10:52 a.m. Monday.

The initial arriving deputy was not able to locate any of the racers, but did smell burning rubber.

The deputy then spotted two speeding cars entering westbound I-84 from Rooster Rock.

Deputies farther west on the highway said they were able to confirm one of the cars, a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette, hit a top speed of 116 mph. The driver was stopped and Philip D'Avanzo, 38, of Troutdale, was cited on charges of driving 116 mph in a 65 mph zone, speed racing, reckless driving and disorderly conduct.

The second car, a 2002 Pontiac Firebird, was believed to have been going 106 mph before it fell behind D'Avanzo's car, according to deputies.

The second driver, 43-year-old Christopher Rocklin of Portland, was arrested and booked into jail on charges of reckless driving, reckless endangering and disorderly conduct. Deputies said he had a passenger in his car.

Rocklin was released from jail Monday night.

A GoPro camera was mounted on the rear passenger side of D'Avanzo's car, according to investigators, and was seized as evidence.

Both cars were towed from the scene.

"MCSO traffic deputies continue to aggressively patrol the I-84 corridor in the Columbia Gorge to deter this illegal and dangerous activity," according to a sheriff's office statement.

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