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Crashed Mustang in Portland street race paid for with counterfeit cash

PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the vehicles involved in Sunday’s street racing crash in North Portland was recently purchased using counterfeit cash.

Two vehicles, a Toyota Scion and a Ford Mustang, were involved in the crash on North Marine Drive and Leadbetter Road that left one person injured. No one involved in the crash has been publicly identified by police.

Portland police confirmed to KGW on Tuesday the Mustang involved in the crash was recently bought using $2,000 of counterfeit cash. KGW reported about the scam on May 2 and spoke with the Sandy couple who sold the car.

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The man who sold the vehicle, Darren Ward, said police called him Monday night to determine who bought the car. He said investigators told him the car was totaled.

Ward said he’s concerned he’s going to be liable for any impound fees or damages done by the car in the crash, since the vehicle’s title is still in his name.

The crash has once again brought attention to the ongoing problem of street racing in Portland. Four people have died in Portland since 2015 in crashes involving street racing, police said.

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