2018-05-16 / News

Fair Board donates customized golf cart to area police departments

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Eastern Michigan State Fair Manager Ian Kempf (right) watches as Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike, Almont Police Chief Andy Martin and Lapeer County Undersheriff Jeremy Howe check out Lapeer County’s newest police vehicle. 
Photos by Phil Foley Eastern Michigan State Fair Manager Ian Kempf (right) watches as Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike, Almont Police Chief Andy Martin and Lapeer County Undersheriff Jeremy Howe check out Lapeer County’s newest police vehicle. Photos by Phil Foley IMLAY CITY — Lapeer County’s police chiefs were all smiles Tuesday morning as Oz Motorsports owner Dave Mroz and his service manager Mike Bevins roared up in front of Imlay City Hall in a new custom E-Z-Go golf cart.

The Eastern Michigan State Fair Board presented the Imlay City Police Dept. with a golf cart customized into a police vehicle, though Fair Manager Ian Kempf said the machine is intended to be used by police departments across the county for special events.

“This is going to be a great help,” said Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike. “This is going to come in handy, especially at Busker Fest.”


Eastern Michigan State Fair Manager Ian Kempf (left) points out features on an E-Z-Go golf cart donated by the Eastern Michigan Fair Board to the Imlay City Police Dept., but intended for use by every department in the county at special events. Capable of carrying four people at up to 25 mph, the cart’s jump seat also folds out into a cargo bed. Eastern Michigan State Fair Manager Ian Kempf (left) points out features on an E-Z-Go golf cart donated by the Eastern Michigan Fair Board to the Imlay City Police Dept., but intended for use by every department in the county at special events. Capable of carrying four people at up to 25 mph, the cart’s jump seat also folds out into a cargo bed. Kempf told members of the Lapeer County Police Chiefs Association at their monthly meeting in Imlay City that about a year ago the Fair Board decided it wanted to do something for law enforcement. “We didn’t just want to give back to Imlay City, because we get a lot of help from a lot of departments,” Kempf said. “We wanted to provide something that could be used countywide.”

He said a golf cart customized as a police vehicle seemed like an easy choice since, “clearly events are near and dear to our hearts.”

Mroz said it took about 30 hours to prepare the $9,500 vehicle, including lights, siren, a roll bar and automotive grade windshield.

Kempf noted that while no one department can justify the cost of a golf cart, every department can put one to good use at a festival. He said a golf cart can get from one side of the fairgrounds to the other or from one end of Lapeer Days to the other faster and easier than a patrol car can.

Kempf, along with Fair Board President Dennis Root, Treasurer Bill Seidell and Secretary Johnny Whitaker presented Imlay City with a trailer to carry the golf cart as well. Kempf said the trailer means any police department in the county will be able to reserve the machine and pick it up for special events in their communities.

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