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Man Arrested After Allegedly Causing $30,000 In Damage By Driving Through Wet Concrete

Man Arrested After Allegedly Causing $30,000 In Damage By Driving Through Wet Concrete

Police in the US have arrested a man accused of causing $30,000 (£23,421) worth of damage by driving through wet concrete.

The act of vandalism took place in Portland, Oregon, on Valentine's Day and officers arrested Richard Reed yesterday (Tuesday).

The 28-year-old was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of criminal mischief and reckless driving.

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In the video, the white pick-up truck can be seen driving towards the fresh concrete before slowing down briefly as it approaches the perimeter, which is cordoned off with cones, tape and fencing. After a short hesitation, the vehicle than accelerates through the road blocks and skids through the concrete, leaving deep track marks behind it.

Truly, it is heartbreaking footage for any concreter to have to watch.

Assistant Chief Mike Frome said: "This in an egregious case of public property damage and I want to thank Central Precinct Officer Peter Braun for his efforts in identifying and capturing the individual responsible."

Richard Reed was arrested yesterday. Credit: Portland Police
Richard Reed was arrested yesterday. Credit: Portland Police
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Local resident Amy Koski said the driving was shocking - even by the poor standards in the area.

Speaking to KOIN, she said: "The drivers drive around you on the left-hand side, they zoom up and down 40 or 50 miles an hour. And all of our neighbours, we call every day and we call 911 when there's reckless drivers, and (the police) just never show up."

But while Amy may be a bit peeved by the quality of the driving in her community, bad driving is of course an international problem.

One motorist in China got his life behind the wheel off to a terrible start, as he drove off a bridge and into a river just 10 minutes after passing his test.

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Footage shows the vehicle swerve sharply off the narrow Laoping Bridge in the city of Zunyi, located in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou. The crash appeared to be a massive over-reaction to oncoming pedestrians, which the driver - identified as Mr Zhang - confirmed to local media.

He said: "While I was driving, I tried to grab my phone and read some messages while two people were in front of me on the bridge. I became nervous and turned left suddenly.

"Luckily, the car floated for a while. I couldn't open the driver's door so I had to kick open the door on the other side. Otherwise, I may never have got out as my hand was dislocated in the chaos."

Fortunately for Mr Zhang, he was able to get out of the vehicle unscathed, although you have to think the Chinese equivalent of the DVLA might be wanting that licence back.

Featured Image Credit: Portland Police

Topics: Police, US News, crime, Car

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.