Archive for Sunday, September 2, 2001

Retired officer recalls his fast wheels

September 2, 2001

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Retired Kansas Highway Patrolman Don Hieserman doesn't hesitate when asked if he had a favorite patrol car.

"Plymouth Satellite," he quickly replied. "It was the hottest car I ever had."

Hieserman, Lawrence, was a state trooper in the 1960s-70s, and during most of his career he was assigned to the Lawrence area. But in 1969 Hieserman was living in Council Grove and took a test drive in his new Satellite along a new section of Interstate 70 between Junction City and Abilene. That highway section had just been completed but wasn't yet open to the public, he said.

"I got that car clocked at a top speed of 147 miles per hour," Hieserman said. "It could really fly."

Hieserman brought the Satellite with him when he transferred to Lawrence and drove it for a little more than a year.

"We traded them in after they got up to 70,000 miles," he said. "It didn't take me long to get that."

Hieserman also was fond of the 1960s Ford Fairlane he drove as a patrolman.

"It was slightly smaller than the bigger Ford LTD, but it had a lot of room, and it handled better than any of the other cars," he said.

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