WOODBURN, Ore. (KOIN) – Deputies arrested a man who reportedly attempted to street race an unmarked patrol car near Woodburn while his two young children were in the back seat Sunday afternoon.
After being arrested, 24-year-old Jeff Lyell Bankston allegedly told Marion County Sheriff's deputies that he had just installed a turbo-charger in his 2004 Subaru Impreza.
With his wife in the front seat, and his son and daughter, ages 5 and 2, in the back, a deputy witnessed Bankston tailgating and speeding in and out of traffic on Interstate 5. When the trooper attempted to pull up next to Impreza, the driver allegedly slowed down and sped up several times, the sheriff's office reports. At one point, the trooper clocked the car at 109 miles per hour.
Bankston was eventually pulled over near Keizer. The trooper noted that the 5-year-old boy was not wearing a seatbelt, and the 2-year-old girl was in an improperly-secured child seat.
The children were released to the custody of their mother, 31-year-old Ann Martinez of Woodburn.
"When I was young I had that stuff, when I was 19 or 20," said Woodburn neighbor Paul Carl. "...I sold all those things, because now I have kids. If something happens to me, there's nobody to provide for my kids."
Bankston was booked into the Marion County Jail on counts of speeding, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, lane change, following too close and seatbelt violations.
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