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Sheriff: Three men arrested for street racing on I-84; four people injured in crash

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Jail booking photos of Oliver Reyes-Zaragoz, Angel Canseco and Carlos DeJesus. Jail booking photos of Oliver Reyes-Zaragoz, Angel Canseco and Carlos DeJesus.
Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR -

Three men were arrested for street racing on Interstate 84 and four people were injured when one of the drivers crashed his car down an embankment, according to deputies.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received a report of three cars racing back and forth near Multnomah Falls at 12:40 a.m. Thursday.

One deputy spotted the three cars heading west on I-84, while another deputy obtained a speed of 123 mph on one of the cars.  

That deputy activated his emergency lights, but was unable to catch up to the cars.

One of the suspects took Exit 18 and the other two got off the highway at Exit 17. Law enforcement soon located two of the cars, a 2014 Dodge Charger and a 2016 Ford Focus, and took the drivers into custody.

They were identified as Angel Eduardo Canseco, 24, and Oliver Reyes-Zaragoz, 24, both of Portland.

As they were being arrested, deputies received a report of a crash at Exit 18 off I-84. They arrived and confirmed the car that crashed, a 2007 Dodge Charger, was involved in the earlier street racing.

Investigators said the car left the highway at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate a turn, went airborne over the onramp to westbound I-84, crashed over a guardrail and rolled down an embankment.

The car shed vehicle parts along the way, including the engine.  

Four people were in the car, according to deputies. They were taken to the hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening.

The driver, Carlos Joshua De Jesus, 22, of Portland, was then arrested.

All three suspects were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of reckless driving, attempting to elude and organizing a speed racing event. De Jesus faces additional charges of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault.

Deputies said there have been a number of speed racing incidents lately on I-84 and the Historic Columbia River Highway. The sheriff's office reports deputies will "continue to emphasize enforcement to curtail these illegal activities."

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