Authorities fielded a flurry of calls Saturday from concerned residents who saw men in ski masks, Ghostbusters, ballerinas, ninjas and Little Red Riding Hood. The calls initiated numerous traffic stops over three hours as the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, the Port Clinton Police Department’s Harbor Patrol, Carroll Township and Oak Harbor Police and the U.S. Border Patrol responded to the calls.
What callers saw was one of the last stages of Rental Car Rally 2009, a road race that started in New York City and passed through an abandoned coal mining town, a civil war cemetery, Ringing Rocks Park in Pennsylvania and Safari Adventures at Kalahari Resort before ending at a casino in Detroit. “It started out as a call of six people in a van putting ski masks on,” said Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy James Karr, who was dispatched to investigate at 1:54 p.m. Karr made several traffic stops in the area. “I had a guy wearing a ballerina outfit and guys dressed as the superhero Flash,” he chuckled.
The Flash was Jeremy Johnson, 31, of New York City. He works in the finance industry and met Karr on Saturday at the Davis Besse entrance on Ohio 2.
“They took our IDs and asked us if we were in the race,” Johnson said.
After inspecting the team’s cameras, officers briefly lectured the team before releasing them.