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Old 06-19-07, 03:33 PM   #1
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Worse than a speeding ticket...

Granted this guy is an idiot...I guess they actually do this!


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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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Old 06-19-07, 03:35 PM   #2
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127 in a 35? He was risking more than his car.

I'd say he got lucky!
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Old 06-19-07, 03:53 PM   #3
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Wow, just reread it and caught the 35mph zone. Totally deserves to lose the car...
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Old 06-19-07, 03:59 PM   #4
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Apparently some PD's have some nice CTS-V's and Z06 'vettes "acquired" under similar situations....
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Old 06-19-07, 04:10 PM   #5
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Don't assume though. Its pretty common in rural areas to have school zone signs (that have times of day on them, no flashers) on highways normally having 65-70 mph for posted speed limits. Passing motorists don't see that they are driving through during "school zone" time (lots of times, there is no school within miles of these posted school zones), and get hauled off to jail for reckless driving (85 in a 25).

Most tourists will just pay for bail rather than sit in some backwater jail for 2-3 weeks, leave, and not bother returning, so the backwater town gets the $2000 bail money (which is cheaper than a cost for a flight back and time/trouble for trip arrangements), and gets to nail the person again, should they be in the area.

Still, 125 in a 35 is pretty bad, and if it was a high speed pursuit through a residential area, I'm glad the car is in better hands.
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Old 06-19-07, 04:28 PM   #6
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yeah i saw this car a few days before its Dare debut. they also showed us the new interceptor stang its a roush stang that looks like a normal V6 GT stang that thing hauls major balls for a 6 speed
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Old 06-19-07, 04:38 PM   #7
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I had a friend who lost his license in NJ (or was it NY) back in the mid-70s...'68 Camaro w/ a 6/71 blown 454. He outran the first officer. Saw the road block but couldn't stop in time. Ended up stopping like 100 feet past the road block, on the swale beside the road. I think he said he was like 18 or 19 at the time, just before he enlisted in the Marines.
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Well, the guy probably deserves to lose his car, but I do have a problem with the town imposing a $40,000 fine for these offenses. There are probably more serious crimes with less of a penalty.

It's just a money grab by the local government and that always gets my ire up. They should have forced the sale of the car, deducted a reasonable fine and the rest goes back to the idiot.
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Serves the jackass right, although, confiscating the car and parading it around is so friggen tacky.
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Serves the jackass right, although, confiscating the car and parading it around is so friggen tacky.
90% of Dare cars are Drug or gang confiscated
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The DARE program is something that really annoys and frusterates me. What a worthless, misguided piece of trash program. Goes to the kids about 6 years before they'll even meet a drug dealer.
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Old 06-19-07, 07:37 PM   #12
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i was in my friend's dad's BMW M5 in high school and we hit the electronically limited speed 156 or 157 mph in a 45 mph zone (I-110)....at the time it was freaking awesome, cars seemed like they were parked and the car was smooth as butter....looking back on it we were absolutely f'ing stupid
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Old 06-19-07, 07:46 PM   #13
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I heard he was only planning on going that speed for 10 minutes, which works out to well less than 35 miles per hour. Sounds like a railroad job to me.
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His fault for stopping. Blew past a cop on The George Bush once doing a bit above 190mph, and my friend was behind us and coasted to a stop when he saw the lights. Took the cop almost half a minute to catch up to him at a dead stop. He earned that night in jail. Dumbass!
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His fault for stopping. Blew past a cop on The George Bush once doing a bit above 190mph, and my friend was behind us and coasted to a stop when he saw the lights. Took the cop almost half a minute to catch up to him at a dead stop. He earned that night in jail. Dumbass!
I'm not sure whether to give you thumbs up for pwning the police or thumbsdown for going at that speed in the first place on a public road.
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I had a friend who lost his license in NJ (or was it NY) back in the mid-70s...'68 Camaro w/ a 6/71 blown 454. He outran the first officer. Saw the road block but couldn't stop in time. Ended up stopping like 100 feet past the road block, on the swale beside the road. I think he said he was like 18 or 19 at the time, just before he enlisted in the Marines.
Er ... why did he decide to give up at the road block..
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The GB turnpike is also known as the N. Dallas Autobaun, I'd regularly see guys doing 100+ when I drove that road regularly. I've also seen more than a few cars turned into pancakes or explode over a cement barrier on the road too. Not to mention the cross-over accidents killing innocent drivers before they put up the additional barriers. You'll get no thumbs up from me for doing that speed on the road, even that one.

As far as the guy in the OP goes - wonder if this was his first offense or a repeat speeder. With the addition of the evading charges to the excessive speed, sounds like the guy needs a moped instead of a Viper.
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Er ... why did he decide to give up at the road block..
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We would be screaming if someone had their Campagnolo-equipped Pinarello confiscated for pedaling at double the speed limit in a school zone. Don't cheer too much about statist government bureaucracy.
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They are lucky they got him before this would of happened. Oops!
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fing stupid people, he should be put in one of those crash test cars to find out what would have happened had he crashed
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yeah i saw this car a few days before its Dare debut. they also showed us the new interceptor stang its a roush stang that looks like a normal V6 GT stang that thing hauls major balls for a 6 speed
eh?

There have been precious few V6 Mustang GTs. As far as I know there were a few that came out in the 80s, SVO or SVT stuff with turbos. There were even a very small number of 4-cylinder GTs, but none of them would be considered "normal." And a 6 speed? In a Viper yes, but not a Mustang.
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The small town of Pratt Kansas just bought six Hemi Charger Daytona R/T's for new City Cop Cars....MUST BE NICE!!!!
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I dont see why the police should take his car. Are they saying jail time plus confiscation of car is his penalty? I thought it should be one or the other, and it's usually jail time but looks like they wanted a free bounty.
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We would be screaming if someone had their Campagnolo-equipped Pinarello confiscated for pedaling at double the speed limit in a school zone. Don't cheer too much about statist government bureaucracy.

I readily cheer government when it punishes those who willfully place the rest of us in life-threatening danger.
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