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Patrol helicopter tapes illegal street race
(Lincoln, NE)- Two Lincoln residents are cited for racing on a roadway as the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Air Wing video tapes the race. Shortly before 9:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2009, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters Troop-Lincoln were conducting a special selective utilizing the NSP Helicopter, when the pilots spotted what appeared to be road racing taking place near North 70th Street & McCormick Drive in northeast Lincoln. The helicopter pilots observed several races as ground units made their way to the location. At the conclusion of one of the races a trooper was able to initiate a traffic stop on a black 1991 Eagle Talon, driven by 21-year-old Michael Marnik of Lincoln, and a 2001 white Chevy Camaro Z28 driven by 22-year-old Andrew Campbell, also of Lincoln. The tire marks on the road paint a pretty telling picture, said Captain Steve Ayres, Headquarters Troop Commander. We want would be drag racers to know, this type of racing activity is not only illegal, it can be extremely dangerous. Both drivers were cited for Racing on a Roadway, Willful Reckless Driving and No Front License Plate.