[size=18px]State Patrol puts temporary stop to road rally
03:18 PM PDT on Sunday, June 5, 2005
[size=9px]KING Staff and Wire Reports[/size]
The driver of this 2004 Ferrari 360 was stopped in Clark County, Wash.
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State Patrol troopers pulled over Porsches, Ferraris and a Lamborghini on Interstate 5 this weekend to cite drivers in the first leg of the 2005 Seattle-to-Las Vegas Players Run.
More than 50 cars that included $200,000, 200-mph exotics left Seattle on Saturday, with some clocked going 120 mph.
Racers veered between lanes, followed too close and otherwise drove aggressively, forcing troopers to stop all traffic on the freeway with a rolling road block necessary to pull over the vehicles.
Reckless driving citations -- with fines up to $1,000 -- were issued to 12 drivers, including residents from Bellevue, Salem and Lake Oswego, Ore., Finksburg, Md., Plantation, Fla., and San Antonio.
A trooper in Lewis county said one of the cars he stopped, a Porsche, was outfitted with a police scanner, video equipment (which he claimed was streaming video live to Las Vegas), GPS unit, and communications devices to stay in contact with the other cars. The driver claimed some of the vehicles were outfitted with devices to jam police radar.
The group does have rules about driving the speed limit, though, and even disqualifies those caught ignoring them, organizers said.
Drivers told troopers that to participate they had to sign an agreement that they wouldn't break the law while on the run.
Drivers pay $9,800 to participate.
While on their "Poker Run," they will stop in Ashland, Ore., San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, collecting enough playing cards along the way for a poker hand to play when they reach Las Vegas on Wednesday. Once there, they're treated to helicopter flights and rides aboard yachts.
This is the third year the five-day race has been held.