According to ABC News, a police officer by the name of J. Brutus was driving the police car near the intersection of NW 6th Avenue and 67th street in the state of Miami. It appears that he looked down to get a pen that had fallen from the dashboard and during this time he lost control of the car and the vehicle veered off and rode on a Florida Power and Light pole’s extension cord which as you can see, plunged the car to a 45-degree angle against the pole.
Unfortunately for Brutus he wasn’t able to get out of the patrol car and he had no other alternative but to give a phone call to the Fire Rescue to take him out of the vehicle. The good news is that he managed to walk away without being injured.
With the advent of the recessions and the economic downturn, many people believed theft will rise, especially car theft, as they are much easier to steal.
According to the FBI though, things aren’t exactly so. The federal bureau says that statistics for 2009 car thefts show a 17 percent decline as opposed to 2008, and are at the lowest point in 20 years. Last year, 794,616 were stolen from their owners.
While that may sound like good news, the FBI warns that while thefts are down, so is the recovery rate of the stolen cars. Last year, just 42 percent of vehicles were found and returned to their owners, a 25 percent drop as opposed to 2008.
Why is this? The FBI and law enforcement officials say that thieves are getting increasingly professional. They’re no longer dealing with kids or first time offenders, instead with organized groups that know how to make a car disappear.
In the end, the FBI offers some basic safety tips: keep your car parked in well lit areas, lock it at all times and keep valuable items like GPS systems hidden inside.
While the 2011 Dodge Charger still hasn’t been officially revealed, the police-spec version, the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit, was already detailed a few weeks ago.
Now, a video of the police-ready Charger has been leaked onto the web, showcasing the new exterior of the 2011 Charger, even though it’s wrapped underneath the police equipment and black and white livery.
Among the biggest changes to the mean looking sedan is the new rear, taken from the bigger Dodge Challenger. Take a look for yourself at the new model, in police form, in the leaked video below. (more…)
The new model is available with the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, capable of 280 HP and paired up with a six-speed automatic. Police departments can order it in either front or all-wheel drive, and will get a lot of upgrades as opposed to the civilian Explorer.
Things like bigger brakes, improved suspension, 18-inch wheels, as well as options like the Curve Control or the AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control are also included. Strangely, the new Terrain Management System won’t be a part of the police SUV.
On the inside, the front seats have been modified so that officers won’t have any problems with their extra equipment, while the center console has been cleaned up so that police computers can be added. The rear seats aren’t exactly as luxurious as the front ones, but they do have a separate climate control system, ideal for K9 units, according to the Blue Oval. The SYNC system has been upgraded with voice commands, while the steering wheel buttons can be reprogrammed to various other functions.
Don’t expect the Ford Police Interceptor Utility to be patrolling the streets anytime soon, as it will enter production alongside the sedan version around the end of 2011. Until then, check it out in the photo gallery below.
Based on the yet unrevealed 2011 Dodge Charger, the Pursuit model promises to offer an upgraded experience to the fine men and women serving in US police departments. In order to do that, it’s equipped with better brakes, increased stability and improved software to handle police duty.
Also, Chrysler has equipped the cars with a new police interface module, which makes integrating existing police equipment into the car that much easier. The 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit will be offered with two engines, the 3.7-liter Pentastar V6, or the 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
The new police car is set to be available for order in September, after the regular 2011 Dodge Charger will be revealed.
For all those people with money to burn and performance cars to race on public roads, here’s a quick tip: whatever you do, don’t go speeding in Switzerland.
One Swedish Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG owner found this out the hard way, as he was clocked by the traffic camera doing a whopping 186 mph (300 km/h) on the highway between Bern and Lausanne. His excuse? The speedometer broke. Yeah, right.
As such, given Switzerland’s fine system that factors in the speed of the car and the annual income of the culprit, the Swedish man needs to pay the maximum fine possible, $1 million.
According to Swiss police officials, this is the highest speed recorded on the country’s public roads and, quite probably, the largest speeding ticket ever issued in the whole world.
Maybe next time the Swedish Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG owner will stick to the open roads of Germany’s Autobahn.
Here’s something you don’t actually see everyday, a pair of supercars with their wheels clamped by police for illegal parking.
The models in question, two customized baby-blue Koeniggsegg CCXR and a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce, reportedly owned by Arab oil tycoon Ana Al-Thani, were clamped by a very brave police officer in front of London’s famous Harrods department store.
While other details aren’t known, it’s pretty gratifying to see that even supercar-owning oil tycoons aren’t immune to parking laws, especially in a crowded city like London. Hit the jump to see a video of the two clamped exotic supercars. (more…)
General Motors has finally decided to put a date on the launch of its new 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV).
According to the US carmaker, the Caprice police car will be launched with the detective package in April, 2011. This means that the Caprice will be available in several ‘regular’ paint schemes, but with a complete police-spec interior. The actual police package Caprice will be available beginning with June, 2011.
Orders will be taken starting this October, for the detective package, and in January, for the police-ready Caprice. Police departments interested in purchasing them will need to contact GM at that time.
For those that forgot, the Chevrolet Caprice PPV boasts a 355 HP 6.0-liter V8 engine, capable of sending power through a six-speed automatic to the rear wheels. It is equipped with all the latest police technology, and has a full prisoner divide between the front and the rear seats.
What was rumored yesterday has now become a reality, as Electronic Arts has officially announced the next installment in its famous Need For Speed racing video game franchise: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit.
This new title, developed by Criterion Games (the same studio that created the Burnout franchise), is set to take the series back to its roots. It will let players complete a game either as illegal street racers or as cops, each with a variety of high powered supercars at their fingertips.
Besides playing the singleplayer mode, you will be able to connect with others, online, and wreak havoc around the game world. Being a Criterion title, damage will play a huge role, with cops and racers allowed to duke it out on the road.
Expect the new Need For Speed Hot Pursuit racing video game to hit this fall, on November 16, in North America, and November 18 and 19, in Europe. It will appear for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Nintendo Wii platforms.
Until then, hit the jump to check out this first (awesome) trailer for the game, complete with models like the Koenigsegg CCX or the Pagani Zonda Cinque, plus police cars like the Ford Shelby GT500, Bugatti Veyron or even a Lamborghini Reventon. (more…)
Ohio cops now able to give speeding tickets based on their guesses
It seems that Ohio police officers are some type of evolved humans, as the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that cops can now issue speeding tickets based on just their estimates.
That’s right, if the officer believes you were doing 100 mph, then you can’t do anything against that. No more radars or speed cameras, the Ohio cop eye is now the best (and most accurate) method of finding out the true speed of a car.
Sure, we may be (a bit) sarcastic, but the absurdity of the matter is pretty severe. The police officers only need to take a five-hour traffic course, out of which only a fraction is dedicated to making accurate estimates of the speed of cars, in order to go out and start issuing tickets.
So, next time you’re passing through Ohio, make sure you’re a good 5-10 miles under the speed limit, so that you won’t have any problems with these “super-cops”.
Many voices hinted to the Flex crossover, but it now seems that the utility-focused model will be none other than the upcoming 2011 Explorer SUV.
The new, full-pledged police SUV, will be made available around the end of 2011, but a concrete release hasn’t been scheduled. The Detroit News also hints that this larger model will get all-wheel drive and be pursuit-rated, in order to one-up the GM’s current police SUV offer, the Chevrolet Tahoe, which features just two-wheel drive in its pursuit-rated version.
Either way, it seems Ford is keen to continue serving the police forces of America. Do you think the Taurus Interceptor and the Explorer SUV will make for great law enforcement vehicles? Share your thoughts below.
Today, the world’s most popular video site, YouTube, is celebrating its fifth birthday. It’s a bit hard to believe, but way back in 2005, this website has begun offering us an outlet for our wacky, insane, awesome or downright stupid videos.
But while showing yourself off is all fine and dandy, quite a lot of people also opted to showcase their cars. From your average Joe to professional race drivers like Ken Block, YouTube hosted all sorts of videos with cars, trucks, bikes and everything in between.
That’s why we decided to celebrate YouTube’s fifth birthday by rounding up some of the most awesome car videos we could find on the popular website. Curious to feast your eyes on this two/three/four-wheel goodness? Then hit the jump and check 15 of the best YouTube car videos ever! (more…)
Turning one of your models into a police car is quickly becoming one of the greatest ways to advertise that specific model, if you’re a carmaker.
Joining other novel ideas like Abu Dhabi’s Fiat 500 or the Nissan GT-R, or the Scottish police’s Audi Q7, the Central Motorway Police Group, which patrols the motorways across the Midlands of the UK, has just announced that it will deploy seven police-spec Jaguar XF models.
These new police cars started life as Diesel S models, powered by a 3.0-liter engine capable of 275 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque. Their impressive fuel average, 42 mpg (UK) and pretty low emissions, 179 g/km of CO2, made them suitable for police duty.
As such, the ‘rozzers’ added a new roof-mounted light bar, side alley lights, blue and white LED lamps in the front grille plus other such things in the rear light clusters. For added efficiency, improved electronics and new systems were added on the inside of the police Jag.