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Four High Speed Drivers Participating in Road Rally Cited
06/26/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Four drivers participating in an organized road rally that originated in Las Vegas, Nevada were cited Tuesday morning in eastern Oregon by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Grant County Sheriff's Office for traveling at speeds up 117 mph. One of those drivers was later stopped again by OSP east of Sandy and cited for two other violations.

According to OSP Master Sergeant Gordon Larson, OSP and Grant County Sheriff's Office were looking out for the vehicles participating in the "Bullrun Rally" after receiving citizen driving complaints and information from Idaho State Police and Nevada Highway Patrol. Tuesday morning, June 26, OSP troopers stopped and cited 4 drivers westbound on Highway 26 between Prairie City and John Day traveling at 117, 112, 102, and 92 mph. The driver of 2012 Nissan race car displaying New York license plates stopped and cited by OSP for traveling 112 mph was stopped again by Grant County Sheriff's Office after spinning his tires and speeding away from the OSP trooper's stop location. That driver was cited a second time by Grant County Sheriff's Office for traveling 88 mph.

At approximately 4:20 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a red 2012 Porsche 911 displaying New York license plates after detecting the car driving 90 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on Highway 26 near milepost 27 east of Sandy. The driver was identified as WAHE YETERIAN, age 55, from Garden City, New York. The trooper confirmed YETERIAN was cited earlier by OSP for traveling 117 mph east of John Day in Grant County. He was cited again by OSP for Exceeding the Posted Speed: 90 mph in a 55 mph speed zone and Following Too Close.

The 3 drivers cited for going faster than 100 mph face a fine of $1,150 and, if convicted, a mandatory suspension of driving privileges in Oregon for 30 to 90 days.

According to the "Bullrun Rally" website, the event is not a race; it is a rally during which participants try to find the quickest route to the next checkpoint. The rally started June 22 and concludes June 29 at an unknown destination. Approximately 20 vehicles and support cars passed westbound through the Grant County area Tuesday morning.