Recently the Caledonia, Minn. Police Department took delivery of a new Ford Crown Victoria (curiously, CV production ended in September of 2011) police cruiser. This got the attention of not only the local criminals, but it apparently piqued the interest of the Houston County Sheriff's Department, too.

Just like in high school, when another kid gets a new car, there's gonna be talk about whose car is faster. So according to reports, a Caledonia officer and a Houston County deputy lined up on a local airport runway to pit the county's Dodge Charger against the city's new Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor. We imagine there were roaring engines, squealing tires and clouds of taxpayer-financed smoke.

Did we mention the two lawmen were on duty? Well, because of that, the Caledonia officer piloting the Ford won a free month of suspension. The Dodge-driving deputy got away without so much as a warning. Perhaps that was winner's award. Neither side is saying, though, who won or what speeds were attained.

A former Caledonia commissioner reportedly ratted out the street-racing officers and later alleged there is a "culture of, quite frankly, bad behavior" at the sheriff's department.

In his deputy's defense, Houston County Cheif Deputy Scott Yeiter says the incident was "an employee coaching session."

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey ex Commissioner, These two cops may have been bone headed, but they were NOT street racing. You know, because they were at an AIRPORT and not on a PUBLIC STREET. They at least reduced the risk of injuring other motorists by not being on a public highway. Perhaps you are an ex commisioner for a reason...
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Milford, CT cop is on trial for racing a fellow Milford cop down US-1 in Orange, CT with not lights or sirens and hitting a car with two 20 year olds and killing them when they were making a left hand turn.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I remember that incident. Originally, the blame was thrown onto the teenagers for having alcohol in their systems. While I certainly do not condone drinking and driving, there is no reason for the cop to be driving as reckless as he was and he was the one who could have prevented the accident.
        • 2 Years Ago
        You know, there should be some organization responsible for monitoring and stopping that sort of activity on the roads. A group that goes on a sort of "patrol", if you will.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not gonna lie, if I had an empty runway and cars I'd be doing the same thing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here in Minnesota crime is so low outside of Minneapolis the Police just get to **** around it seems.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      USA 2012, where the cops commit more crimes than the criminals but hide behind the badge & politicians & bankers rob you blind but hide behind the conservafilth senators.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should they have done it? No. Is it really that big of a deal though? No. A month long suspension is a little extreme, it's not like they did it on public roads. A better punishment would have been sticking the guy on a less than desirable assignment for the month.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't love all the things the police do per se, but I don't really have a problem with this, other than the fact I was not invited. My problem is when they are on public rods, not responding to emergencies or calls and they are doing 20-30mph over the limit.
      • 2 Years Ago
      F' those cops I hope they fire their asses for lying about it. Training my ass, if I can't drag race on the airport runway whenever I want then neither can they. Freaking civil servants who think they are above the law need to be brought down a notch or two.
      s tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least they used a runway and not public roads. Considering that some cities are now seizing cars of spectators at street races though, it's hard to be too sympathetic. If only cities would realize how natural it is to want to race a buddy, maybe they'd make a way for it to be done legally, easier.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What this headline SHOULD read: MN cops are awesome for drag racing squad cars on airport runway
      DC Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you know what the good thing is about living in a "black and white" "zero-tolerance" world that is completely devoid of critical thinking? It makes it easy to ignore the REAL problems. Racing on an airport runway. Big deal. Some people need to grow the eff up. I have no problem with someone whistle-blowing a real violation, but ratting out two cops racing on an empty runway is the kind of BS that only a punk-ass MF'er would do.
      Smooth Motor
      • 2 Years Ago
      AB sure likes feeding the cop hate.............
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smooth Motor
        Nope, cops doing stupid things feeds the cop hate. I'm sure nobody at AB held a gun to these guys' heads and made them do it.
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