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When Interim Police Chief Norm Miller isn't preserving the peace, he's destroying everything that's in his way. That's because Miller is a Monster Jam truck driver. That's right folks. He has a full-time gig fighting crime in Scappoose, OR, but 15 weekends out of the year, he suits up and gets behind the wheel of a 10,000 pound, 1,500 horsepower high-octane alcohol injected mechanical beast. Got vroom?
After more than 30 years "monster trucks" have long ditched their sideshow days of tractor pulling and sluggishly smashing cars. Today Monster Jam shines the light on the trucks as the main attraction. These vehicles have been souped-up with nitrogen-filled shock absorbers, and slimmed down with fiberglass bodies making the vehicles able to leap higher and crush harder. The evolution in the truck technology has become Monster Jam's signature. Now touring the U.S. and 40 international cities, Monster Jam has made it's name as the only authentic monster truck series with world class drivers and trucks.
Miller has been in the business for 24 years, and finally, this year he debuted his own truck, N.E.A.: New Earth Authority. You can catch Miller with his ride, along with other Monster Jam trucks Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Oakland Coliseum. The Party in the Pits goes from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15, $25 and $30 (adult) and $12.50 (Children 2 to 12); Party in the Pits passes are available for an additional $10. Miller took time to speak with SF Weekly about why his new truck, N.E.A., is the perfect match, how he became a Monster Jam truck driver, and why he continues to compete after becoming a police officer. More »