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Cops on the go

Eastern Michigan State Fair Board gifts area departments with special cart for fairs, festivals

May 16, 2018
IMLAY CITY — They say good things come in small packages, and after yesterday's Police Chiefs meeting at City Hall, Lapeer County's Finest would likely whole-heartedly agree.

The Chiefs and their departments were gifted with a custom golf cart by the Eastern Michigan State Fair Board.

The EZ Go cart looks like a mini-cop car, but don't let that fool you. With sirens blaring it sounds like the real thing. Add a flashing light bar and an automotive-grade windshield, and you've got a vehicle that can slip in and out where its full-grown counterparts can't at area fairs and festivals.

That's why the Fair Board decided to gift the cart to local law enforcement.

Fair Manager Ian Kempf says the board wanted to give back to the men and women in blue who keep things safe—and fun—at the Eastern Michigan State Fair.

"We get a lot of help from a lot of departments so we wanted to provide something that can be used countywide," Kempf says.

Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike demonstrates his driving skills in new custom outfitted golf cart. photo by Catherine Minolli.
The generic, classic 'black and white' look is unmistakably 'police,' but is neutral enough to be used by all the departments in the county.

The cart—and a trailer, also gifted by the Fair Board—is the property of the City of Imlay City, and will be housed within the city. Other agencies wishing to use the vehicle for their festivals and fairs just have to reserve the cart through Imlay Chief Scott Pike.

Kempf says the Fair Board had a number of ideas regarding a donation to local law enforcement, but the golf cart was the concept that grew wheels, so to speak.

"When we discussed our various ideas with Chief Pike, he was pretty excited about the golf cart idea," Kempf says. "Our goal was not only to help Imlay City Police, who take the lead at the Fairgrounds for events,

but to help all other units that come together to help."

Along with its special police features, the gas-powered cart seats four, and is outfitted with additional lighting, and what Kempf describes as a "hydration station."

"There are four cup holders in it," he grins.

The cart can reach speeds of up to 25 MPH, something which Chief Pike demonstrated after the unveiling.

With lights flashing and the siren blaring, Pike floored the vehicle through Imlay City's municipal parking lot and took a spin down Main Street before jamming on the brakes for a full stop.

"That's what happens after about 16 holes when I've had enough," Pike grinned as he exited the vehicle.

The cart was custom made by Oz Motor Sports of Almont. Owner Dave Mroz and employee Mike Bevin brought it to City Hall for the unveiling.

Along with Kempf, Fair Board President Dennis Root, Treasurer Bill Seidell and Secretary Johnny Whittaker were on hand to present the gift.

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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