Police Go on the Offensive Against Illegal Street Takeovers

On the evening of Friday, April 22, 2022, Portland Police deployed a speed racing detail to address illegal and dangerous racing, sliding, and takeovers. Twelve officers were assigned. 

During the effort, officers made 27 traffic stops, wrote 18 violation citations (traffic tickets), one criminal citation, 6 educational warnings.

Two people were arrested, two vehicles were towed, and 1 firearm was recovered.

PPB says future missions are being planned throughout the summer. They typically will not be preannounced, so participants are warned that they are risking arrest, towed vehicles, and traffic tickets if they take part in illegal street racing, sliding, or takeovers.

PPB wants to remind participants that this illegal activity can result in jail time, fines, and towed vehicles.

1. Unlawful street takeover event means an activity that is: 
a. Unpermitted; 
b. Preplanned or contemporaneously coordinated by two or more persons; and 
c. Involves one or more persons demonstrating, exhibiting, or comparing the maneuverability or power of one or more motor vehicles in a curved direction, in a circular direction, or around corners, including but not limited to by breaking traction in a curved or circular direction or around corners 

2. A person commits the offense of an Unlawful Street Takeover if, in a public place or upon a highway, the person knowingly operates a motor vehicle while engaged in an unlawful street takeover event 

3. Highway means the entire width of a public right-of-way when any portion thereof is intended for motor vehicle movement or motor vehicle access to abutting property.

3. Public place means an area, whether publicly or privately owned, generally open to the public and includes, without limitation, the grounds surrounding buildings or dwellings, streets, sidewalks, bridges, tunnels, alleys, plazas, parks, driveways, and parking lots.

Courtesy of PPB

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