This weekend, extra police resources were assigned to focus on North and Northeast Portland regarding street racing activity. This directed patrol was conducted on Sunday night and resulted in eighteen traffic stops, three towed vehicles and two arrests.
Suspects arrested included:
- 18 year-old Harley Johnathan Martinez-Malcon for two counts each of reckless endangering and reckless driving
- 18 year-old Emily Morgan for reckless driving and reckless endangering
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.
Irresponsible driving practices can have a deadly outcome. There have been at least 42 activations of PPB's Major Crash Team and 35 traffic related fatalities within the City of Portland this year.
The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction and disobeying signals.