MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol says the drivers of a dozen luxury sports cars were cited over the weekend after being clocked in the west metro going over 100 mph.
The 12 drivers, whom authorities say are part of a racing group, were cited for reckless driving and racing on a highway, which is a misdemeanor.
Troopers first spotted the group Saturday evening on westbound Interstate 394, where a lime green Lamborghini at the head of the pack was clocked going over 100 mph.
The other cars in the group were also traveling well over the speed limit and weaving around other drivers, the patrol said.
As a trooper attempted to stop the speeding Lamborghini, which continued west onto Highway 12, several others in the sports car group pulled over to the right shoulder.
The trooper shortly gave up the chase on the Lamborghini and decided to flag the cars that had stopped.
But as he got out of his car, the sports cars revved their engines and did U-turns onto the eastbound lanes of the highway.
In response, the trooper gave chase and closed the eastbound lanes of the highway. Seven of the drivers were eventually stopped there.
As for the green Lamborghini and the other drivers, they were later stopped at a gas station in Maple Plain.
The drivers cited were: 52-year-old John Wanninger of Edina; 24-year-old Austin Kemmer of Fargo, North Dakota; 24-year-old Justin Krueger of North Dakota; 33-year-old Goran Vejovic of St. Paul; 41-year-old Adam Isaacson of Eden Prairie; 37-year-old Dung Nguyen of Brooklyn Park; 66-year-old John Biancini of Vadnais Heights; 25-year-old David Morgan of St. Louis Park; 41-year-old Swen Corbin of Minnetonka; 27-year-old Ethan Hoover of Bloomington; 56-year-old Gholam Vatanioskooi of Victoria; and 37-year-old Alfredo Santiago of Andover.
Among the cars involved were Lamborghinis, a McLaren, a Ferrari, a Maserati and other luxury models.
The trooper estimates the combined list price of the dozen vehicles that were stopped at more than $2 million.