What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Chevrolet Impala SS
Sheriff hopes Chevy will help cops bond with kids
By Ken Kosky
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Porter County Sheriff David Lain jumped at the chance to
get a 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS that had been seized in a
Lain envisioned restoring the classic car into something
that would attract young people and get them to interact
positively with police. His plan came to fruition
Wednesday as he unveiled the finished product.
The shiny gold and brown car, with a brand-new rumbling
V-8 engine, was shown off at the Porter County police
garage. The car, paid for and restored with seized drug
money and donations, bears the logos of the donors and
the message, "Thank you for the car, Mr. Drug Dealer."
The car will make its first official appearance at a
Memorial Day parade, then will be featured at the Porter
County Fair and numerous parades, car shows and other
events. Lain hopes the car will be one more way police
are able to talk to young people and share anti-drug and
County police mechanics George Munoz, Dave Gillespie and
Butch Autenrieth spent a month putting in new brakes and
a new engine and working on the transmission, radiator
and other parts. Several police lights and a siren were
among the final touches.
"It was fun," Munoz said of working on the car.
"It's vintage and we put a lot of personal pride in it."
Pinnacle Hospital, Porter-Starke Services, Radio One
Communications and the Porter County Substance Abuse
Council sponsored the project. Students who won a
countywide essay contest on the topic of drugs and
alcohol will get to ride in the car, as well as winners
of an Opportunity Enterprises art contest.