Drivers block Fremont Bridge in Portland for street racing

Street racing group blocks Fremont Bridge on Sunday night - Image courtesy witness Kristine Britton Dills.

PORTLAND, Ore.— A group of street racers blocked off the Fremont Bridge on Sunday night so some drivers could do “donuts” on the lower bridge deck.

The Oregon Dept. of Transportation said the group blocked northbound traffic on Interstate 405 for about a half hour.

A witness, Kristine Britton Dills, tells KATU News that she was stuck in traffic at about 10 p.m. when a line of cars stopped on the bridge.

“I thought there had been an accident but no emergency vehicles had arrived,” she said. “When folks started getting out of cars I did too.”

She said she initially saw two cars going in circles, with the doors open and people hanging out. She said the drivers were coming very close to onlookers.

Officers have located a couple drivers involved in the incident and issued citations for Sunday night's incident, according to Portland Police spokesperson Pete Simpson.

Portland Police previously sent out the information below in response to street racing events:

The Portland Police Bureau would like the community to know that street racing can be very dangerous and is also illegal. Drivers participating in racing or assisting by blocking traffic on the roadway can be arrested and charged with a variety of crimes.

The Bureau encourages drivers who seek to race their cars or motorcycles to find a safer, legal alternative to using roadways or parking lots and putting themselves and others at risk of personal injury.

Several opportunities exist at the Portland International Raceway for drivers interested in using the track.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

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