Speeder's Confiscated Dodge Becomes DARE Car
Plainfield Police Department Unveils Its New Vehicle
POSTED: 6:55 am CDT June 19, 2007
UPDATED: 8:58 am CDT June 19, 2007
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- A Naperville man learned a hard lesson about speeding when his prized sports car was seized by authorities who clocked him traveling 127 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The lead-footed motoristís violation came to light recently when Plainfield police unveiled their new DARE car: a 2000 Dodge Viper.
Plainfield patrol Officer Mario Marzetta was about finished running radar on Essington Road in March 2006 when the catch of the day flew by.
He heard it before he saw it -- the Viperís engine revving high before the car passed him traveling nearly 100 mph over the speed limit.
The driver was eventually charged with felony fleeing and eluding police, while his car became the property of the Plainfield Police Department. Plainfield authorities wouldnít identify the driver.
Now the shiny black Viper with a cognac leather interior has a fresh-paint detail and is outfitted with lights, ready to serve as the departmentís new DARE car. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
The DARE car, which will be taken to community events, block parties, parades and schools, will make its public debut Tuesday at Cruise Night in downtown Plainfield.
The carís custom paint job features an airbrushed American flag design on the hood.
The vehicle has 17,000 miles on it and is in like-new condition.
When Marzetta dropped the man off at the Will County Jail, the officer ďthankedĒ him for the car.
The 2000 Dodge Viper was sold by dealers for about $68,000 and today has a Kelley Blue Book retail value between $33,000 and $40,000.
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