Police: Illegal drag racing, stunts a growing problem in Portland

Stunts on Glenn Jackson bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Police say drag racing crews are more frequently taking over roads by racing and performing dangerous stunts in the middle of the night.

Police say it's been going on for 20 years, but has become more common over the last year and a half. The most recent reported incident happened Sunday on the Glenn Jackson Bridge around 11:40 p.m.

"They're relying on the fact that there is less officers out on the roadways during those hours," Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau said.

Gigi Trinidad was heading home to Vancouver with her son Sunday night when she saw traffic southbound stopped.

"I thought at first they were making a movie," Trinidad said. "Like, 'The Fast and the Furious' movie."

Trinidad shot video of the drag racing which showed cars that hung behind, blocking traffic during the stunts.

Trinidad's son Ruben Chavez said those cars then started doing doughnuts in the middle of the bridge.

"We saw plenty of people standing on top of their cars like recording," Chavez said.

Chavez said one person had a megaphone and was telling people to not call the police.

"Don't do this, it's very dangerous," Trinidad said. "And of course, you put the other people's life in danger too. You have to think about that."

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