PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Police continue to crack down on criminal street racing activity in the Portland metro area.
Police said officers conducted 16 traffic stops on Saturday and Sunday nights in the north and northeast Portland areas. A total of three vehicles were towed and four people were arrested.
Suspects arrested included:
- Zachary G. Welter, 18, one count of reckless driving and one count of reckless endangering
- Cameron E. Toosovich, 19, one count of reckless driving and one count of reckless endangering
- Zachary J. Drazner, 20, two counts of felony elude, one count of reckless driving, two counts of reckless endangering, witness tampering and a probation violation detainer
- Marcus D. Bolivar, 22, one count of reckless driving and a violation of release agreement
“The Portland Police Bureau will continue its efforts in educating community members about the dangers of speed racing. This education will be conducted on our social media platforms and through one-on-one conversations with participants. Enforcement action will also continue against individuals who are suspected of committing these types of crimes,” according to a bureau statement.
Portland police this year they have worked to develop a better strategy, saying arrests and vehicle tows have drastically increased due to this refocus.
"We have tried the education piece numerous times and it hasn't worked and now we have moved on to this enforcement piece," Yakots said. "It is a huge issue, we have also seen an increase in firearms participants and spectators carrying, sometimes criminally carrying."
FOX 12 spoke with people who live in the area along Marine Drive and Airport Way who say they are frustrated.
"When you tell me that there are all these arrests for drag racing, I am not surprised, because I hear them at night and I wear ear plugs at night because it is so very loud," Joi Sutton said. "They really need to drop the speed limit, the drag racing is horrible."
Police say they plan to continue this upped enforcement.
So far this year, there have been 45 Major Crash Team activations; police don't specify how many of those are for street racing.
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