PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Portland police arrested six people and towed four vehicles over the weekend while officers in north and northeast Portland focused on street racing activity.
The enforcement patrols Saturday and Sunday resulted in nineteen traffic stops, according to the police bureau. Suspects arrested in connection with racing activity include:
- Hilario Garcia, 18, for felony elude and reckless driving
- Tea Sue Engdahl, 22, for reckless driving and speed racing
- Ian Michael Steffens, 25, for reckless driving
- Aaron Flores, 27, for reckless driving and speed racing
- Willie Holloway, 30, for reckless driving and speed racing
- Karim Gardner, 37, for hit-and-run
The police bureau reports there have been 34 traffic-related deaths within the City of Portland this year, though it’s not clear how many of those deaths are related to street racing activity. The bureau's Major Crash Team has been activated at least 41 times.
Police Chief Danielle Outlaw says street racing is an ongoing issue for Portland.
“I hope [the enforcement patrol] sends a clear message that this illegal behavior will not be tolerated in our city,” Outlaw said.
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