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Halt, citizen: Scappoose officer settles into role with New Earth Authority

Lt. Norm Miller, when not keeping the peace, moonlights as a monster truck driver


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Miller launches New Earth Authority, a monster truck designed specifically for him, off a dirt ramp at a Monster Jam event earlier this year. Scappoose Police Lt. Norm Miller is currently acting head of the Scappoose Police department. But when he’s not serving the city, Miller moonlights as a professional monster truck driver, launching his all-chrome, 1,500-horsepower truck — called New Earth Authority — off dirt slopes in some of the country’s biggest arenas.

New Earth Authority, designed by Virginia-based Feld Motor Sports, will be parked in the Scappoose High School parking lot Friday for viewing from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Miller will speak to students at a Scappoose High assembly Friday about his experience as both a police officer and monster truck driver. Miller will talk about “distractive driving” at the assembly, which will be held from 2:50 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Scappoose High Auditorium.

“It’s going to be a presentation about driving and being responsible,” Miller said. “I have a video to show before I speak about the driving, about being responsible as a teen.”

Miller said he will also talk to other schools within the district about safety and his time growing up in Scappoose.

Miller will be racing New Earth Authority at this weekend’s Monster Jam, held at the Moda Center in Portland Saturday and Sunday.

New Earth Authority is a relatively new truck, having made its debut in January at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash. New Earth Authority is also the first truck specifically designed for Miller.

“This is a brand-new police truck they designed for me. It’s pretty cool. It’s all chrome. Feld Motor Sports owns the truck. I just drive it,” Miller said. “I go around and do monster demo shows around the country 15 weekends out of the year.”by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Miller stands with pride before the arena in which he races the monster truck New Earth Authority.

Miller said this will be his 24th year driving monster trucks, a dream he’s has since he was young and competed in mud racing and tractor pulling events.

“When I was younger, I just always wanted to do it. I always wanted to play with big trucks. Now I’m doing it and traveling the world,” Miller said.

Miller said Monster Jams have taken him to various locations around the world, including the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica and European countries.

This weekend’s Monster Jam in Portland will consist of various events.

“There will be eight this weekend racing and doing a wheelie contest, then freestyle, which is basically 60 seconds to do whatever you want — jump or wheelie, stuff like that,” Miller said. “Then they judge the freestyle and you could win a trophy.”

Miller said his specialty is the freestyle event.

Prior to this year, Miller shared the truck “Batman” with a number of other drivers.

Now, Miller is the sole driver of New Earth Authority, which was designed in the spirit of his role as a police lieutenant.

According to a bio on the Monster Jam website, “It’s the law enforcement vehicle of peace, and it’s on a mission to terminate anything [that] threatens the purity of a perfect world.”

For more information on this weekend’s Monster Jam in Portland, visit http://www.monsterjam.com/Events/2014/02/15/Portland,_OR/.