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NHP troopers putting ghost vehicles to use

Posted: 10:21 PM, Aug 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 18:02:47Z

The Nevada Highway Patrol has 3 of their "ghost" patrol units on Southern Nevada roads looking for drivers under the influence and says more are on the way.

Trooper Campos took a 13 Action News photographer on a ride-along in the stealth marked vehicle early Monday morning.

The SUV is marked with decals that are nearly invisible until they are hit by headlights and have the light bars inside the vehicle making them difficult to spot on the roads.

NHP says troopers assigned to the ghost vehicles will concentrate on DUI enforcement.

Tuesday was Trooper Campos' second shift in the vehicle, and he said it was too early to note a big difference, but he thinks it will be a valuable tool.

"I think it works. We kind of blend in, but not too much where people wouldn't notice us if they need us," Campos said.

NHP says one trooper made 3 DUI arrests in a single night while using the ghost vehicle.

Three more units are already on order for use in Southern Nevada.