The tires spun beneath me on the wet pavement as I stepped on the gas.
I took off toward a row of orange cones. I had two options as I approached: left or right. The only problem, though, was I didn’t get to decide which direction I took. That was up to the police officer sitting in the passenger seat.
The police officer gave me the direction — left — at what seemed like the last possible moment. I swerved as quickly as I could and barely missed the cones leading me around a narrow path. The vehicle — an SUV used by the Stevens Point Police Department — jerked and swayed through the turns, but was otherwise fine as I slowed on the other side of the obstacle.
I did this over and over again Saturday morning while trying out a few emergency vehicles on a closed stretch of pavement at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport.