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State Police: chopper patrols routine at racetrack

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 5, 2013 1:54 PM
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(Tobyhanna) -- State police say their helicopter was already patrolling over the Pocono Raceway in northeastern Pennsylvania when the crew broke away to help local officers with a manhunt, and to shuttle Governor Corbett to and from the raceway.

State police spokeswoman Maria Finn says the helicopter is routinely called out on race days to help with traffic control and provide aerial surveillance. Finn says that on Sunday the chopper was twice diverted to help the Pocono Mountain Regional Police search for a suspect, who was apprehended after allegedly stealing a patrol car where he was being held.

Finn says the chopper also shuttled the governor from Hazleton to the crowded NASCAR race and back on Sunday. She says the helicopter was used because it could transport Corbett safely and quickly.

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