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Four Charged for Racial Menacing Incident

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A man and three teens are charged with menacing a black teen to the point he feared for his life.

Three teens and a 22-year-old are charged with intimidation and disorderly conduct.

Police say a 15-year-old black teen was chased down by four people as they drove after him in a pickup yelling racial slurs.

The teens mother says the family is still shaken and appalled that something like this could happen.

On Memorial Day, police say the teen was waiting for his mom to pick him up when a truck with a Confederate flag flying in the back passed him.

Officers say the driver, Matthew Booster, and three teenagers yelled racial slurs, threatened and even tried to run the teen over.

Finally, the teen spotted his mom, and they drove to police station.

The teens mom says she is thankful she showed up when she did because she didn’t know what would have happened.

Even the mayor is speaking out about the incident.

“Disgusted pretty much sums up how I feel, appalled that we have had a crime of this nature,” said Mayor Christine Lundberg.

“It could have been a lot worse. It’s very concerning, and it’s disappointing to think that today we are still having these types of issues, this type of behavior,” said Cpt. Rich Harrison.

Booster was arraigned Monday afternoon on several charges including intimidation, menacing, reckless driving and endangering.

The teens were released to their parents as the case moves forward.

Police say they are still reviewing the charges and more could come.

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