5/9/2013 10:49:00 AM Cops bust "Fast & Furious" racers
by Ken Haggerty
Cannon Falls Police assisted on a Sunday, April 28, multi-agency apprehension of seven cars racing "Fast and Furious" style on northbound Highway 52.
The cars were pulled over off of Hwy. 52 near the southernmost Cannon Falls stoplights. They were lined up in the Community Resource Bank parking lot at around 7:30 p.m.
The State Patrol picked up a report of the cars driving recklessly about ten miles south of Cannon Falls. The vehicles were reported to be tailgating, passing on shoulders, and boxing in vehicles. One was reported driving while hanging out the window - possibly with a camera.
The State Patrol notified Cannon Falls Police, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and Zumbrota Police that they had a history with these vehicles and wanted to stop them all if possible. The coordinated effort was successful in Cannon Falls.
The drivers were all young males from the Twin Cities area. A few of the vehicles were souped up like those made popular in the "Fast and Furious" series of street racing movies.
Ticketed for reckless driving were Aleksander Petrikov, 18, Shakopee, in a '97 Nissan 240 SX; and Joshua Oien, 21, Eagan, in a 2010 Chevy Cobalt. Other drivers were Patrick Slater, 22, Savage in a '91 Mazda Miata; Jordon White, 21, Brooklyn Center, in a 2010 Nissan; Chou Yan, 22, St. Paul, in a '84 Toyota Corolla; and Christopher Ginkel, 27, Savage, in a 2003 Nissan 350Z.