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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2005, 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
Cheer helps police get their man
Lincoln High School cheerleaders
Raising a cheer for their police work... Lincoln High School's squad
A group of US school cheerleaders put their chanting talents to a different use after witnessing a car crash.

They memorised the license plate of a truck that left the scene by turning it into a cheer.

The varsity squad from Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, were in neighbouring Ann Arbor for a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp.

Police were quoted as saying the truck driver had not been arrested or named but may yet face a charge.

The truck allegedly hit a car stopped at a traffic light last week. The impact forced the car into another vehicle, which then hit another one.

We were saying it over and over, and then it just turned into a big chant
Kimmie Ostrowski
Senior team captain

Cheerleader coach Patricia Clark told NBC television's Today morning programme that she immediately thought to take the license plate after witnessing the crash.

"I knew I was going to not remember it because there was too much going on," she said.

"So, when I ran down the street and got the plate number, I yelled to the girls: 'Remember this'!"

Senior team captain, Kimmie Ostrowski, recalled: "The coach just said it and we were saying it over and over, and then it just turned into a big chant since we kept repeating it."

When the driver was tracked down to his home, he told officers he had not thought the damage severe enough to stop, police lieutenant Mike Logghe told the Ann Arbor News.




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