The Portland Police Bureau conducted a street racing enforcement last weekend in North and Northeast Portland.
It resulted in nineteen traffic stops, four towed vehicles and six arrests:
- 18 year-old Hilario Garcia for Felony Elude and Reckless Driving
- 22 year-old Tea Sue Engdahl for Reckless Driving and Speed Racing
- 25 year-old Ian Michael Steffens for Reckless Driving
- 27 year-old Aaron Flores for Reckless Driving and Speed Racing
- 30 year-old Willie Holloway for Reckless Driving and Speed Racing
- 37 year-old Karim Gardner for Hit and Run
"Street racing is illegal, dangerous and can have serious impacts on the safety of our roads," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "This has been an ongoing issue and we have been working with our partners at the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to look for new strategies to hold participants accountable. My thanks to the officers and all those who were involved in the planning and implementation of this enforcement mission. I hope it sends the clear message that this illegal behavior will not be tolerated in our city."
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.