PORTLAND, Ore. – Officers stopped a group of drivers who were holding street races and performing illegal stunts in North Portland late Sunday night.
According to Portland Police, several people were racing and “driving recklessly” near the intersection of Marine Drive and Ledbetter Street. Police pulled over several cars leaving the area, issuing 27 different charges to nine of the drivers and arresting two others.
Paul Paliy, 18, was booked on three counts of reckless driving and three counts of recklessly endangering another person. Police said he was driving a 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX.
Petro Hurzhuy, 24, was charged with three counts of reckless driving and five counts of recklessly endangering another person. His BMW M3 Convertible was towed
An motorcycle rider sped away from drivers, crashed the bike, and ran away on foot. Officers are still looking for the rider.
Law enforcement officials say they are cracking down on street racing and other dangerous driving that has played a part in four traffic deaths in the last two years. From the Portland Police Bureau:
- On December 4, 2015, 65-year-old Linda Johnston was killed when two motorcycle riders engaged in a race crashed into her car at Southeast 160th Avenue and Stark Street. Both riders were arrested and sentenced to prison.
- On January 23, 2016, 20-year-old Nick Alexandar Chernyavskiy died after crashing his motorcycle while racing another motorcycle rider on Northeast Airport Way near 145th Avenue.
- On March 6, 2016, 26-year-old Alexander Keppinger was critically injured in a crash on Northeast Glisan Street near 139th Avenue involving two drivers racing. Keppinger died a few weeks later.
- On April 21, 2017, 19-year-old Daniel Kharlamov died after a high-speed crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard near 37th Avenue.