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Two arrested for racing near Corbett

Two men were arrested over the weekend for allegedly racing and hitting speeds of 116 mph on I-84 near Corbett midmorning, the Multnomah County Sheriff's office said.

Philip D'Avanzo, 38, of Troutdale, was issued several citations including driving at 116 mph in a 65 mph zone, speed racing, reckless driving and disorderly conduct. Christopher Rocklin, 43, of Portland, who had a passenger in his car, was arrested on charges of reckless driving, reckless endangering and disorderly conduct. Rocklin was transported and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

The Sheriff's office initially received a report that four to five vehicles were stopped on I-84 eastbound near the Corbett exit allegedly setting up to race on Monday, May 30, at approximately 10:52 a.m. Although the deputy could not find any racers, the officer did smell burning rubber.

While checking the area for the racers, the deputy spotted D'Avanso's and Rocklin's vehicles entering westbound I-84 from Rooster Rock at a high rate of speed. A traffic unit set up further westbound and was able to confirm one of the car's top speed was 116 mph, the MCSO announcement said.

D'Avanzo was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette with a GoPro camera mounted on the rear passenger side of the vehicle, police said. The GoPro was seized as evidence. Rocklin was driving a 2002 Pontiac Firebird, police said. Both vehicles were towed.

MCSO traffic deputies continue to aggressively patrol the I-84 corridor in the Columbia Gorge to deter this illegal and dangerous activity.