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Columbus Police officers spent weeks this spring at National Trail Raceway in PIT (performance instruction and training) sessions. Lt. Mark Gardner said the raceway is one of the few places in the Columbus area with enough open pavement for officers to learn to use their cruisers to spin a fleeing vehicle, learn the proper way to throw "stop sticks," which puncture tires, and learn to control skids. Gardner said spinning a vehicle will shut down its engine. By the time the fleeing vehicle's driver figures out what happened and restarts the vehicle, police are ready to make an arrest. The spin training is very effective, but it took a heavy toll on the surplus cruisers used for the training sessions. Beacon Photo by Scott Rawdon. 016p1_xlg.jpg