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 |  Feb 03 2014, 9:32 AM

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Leaked documents have revealed that police in Europe are working on a universal remote stopping system that could be fitted to cars and used by 2020.

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 |  Nov 07 2013, 11:30 AM

2015-Chevrolet-Tahoe-PPV-Main-ArtLaw enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day; it’s important they have the right tools to do their dangerous jobs. Helping serve those that serve others, Chevrolet just announced a new police-ready version of the 2015 Tahoe SUV.

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 |  Oct 18 2013, 11:02 AM

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Dodge just announced its 2014 Durango Special Service SUV, which will compete directly with the Ford Police Interceptor SUV and Chevrolet Tahoe PPV.

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 |  Sep 18 2013, 9:32 AM

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Fuel efficiency probably isn’t the first thing you think about when the term “police cruiser” comes to mind.

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 |  Jul 22 2013, 9:32 AM

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Ford is introducing new safety technology in its police Interceptors for the 2014 model year meant to mitigate the risk of someone sneaking up on an officer.

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 |  Sep 14 2012, 3:29 PM

What’s the best way to react when people start smashing, burning and shooting speed cameras in the area you govern? Replace them and install cameras to watch those cameras, of course.

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 |  Jul 31 2012, 12:32 PM

Drunk drivers in Washington D.C. can expect stiffer penalties starting tomorrow when the Comprehensive Impaired Driving Act of 2012 takes effect.

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 |  Jul 05 2012, 3:13 PM

The New Jersey branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has teamed up with app developer OpenWatch to offer a new ‘Police Tape’ app for free, allowing users to secretly record video and/or audio during a police stop.

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 |  Jun 14 2012, 10:32 AM

Cars are now safer to drive than they were a decade ago, according to a new NHTSA study — try to hide your surprise. What might come as news, on the other hand, is how safe cars were according to the study’s findings before recent idiot-proofing.

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 |  Jun 11 2012, 1:32 PM

Ford just announced its new F-150 Special Service Vehicle (SSV) package which is aimed directly at fire rescue and law enforcement fleets.

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 |  May 15 2012, 12:48 PM

Mississippi residents and anyone passing through the state are being advised that there may be a killer on the loose posing as a police officer and committing roadside murders. 

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 |  Apr 22 2012, 5:05 PM

20 year old Michael Baker probably thought he was pretty clever and funny, siphoning gas from a police car while flicking off the camera for a photo. The same photo that he posted up on Facebook that lead to his arrest.

The theft didn’t even come to the Jenkins City Police Department’s attention until the photo was posted on Facebook and started circulating around the small town of Jenkins that has barely more than 2,000 residents.

Of course Baker, being the mature human being that he is, is still getting a good laugh about it all. The photo has been removed, but he’s already commented on his page, “yea lol i went too (sic) jail over facebook.” And when a friend inquired about the photo (since he hadn’t seen it), Baker responded with, “yea lol u would just have to seen it it was funny as hell tho.”

We guess if you live in a small town like Jenkins, this sort of excitement could be seen as humorous. It’s a good thing Baker didn’t siphon the gas during summer, when prices are expected to hit an all-time high, he’d be hit with grand theft!

[Source: The Smoking Gun]

 |  Mar 28 2012, 2:56 PM

Here’s a question: how do millions of dollars in gold-colored coins and tons of candy end up spilled on a highway? No, nobody tried to hijack the Lucky Charms Leprechaun.

Instead, a serious crash occurred North of the border in Canada. A Brink’s tractor-trailer carrying millions of dollars in loonies and toonies (that’s what Canadians call their one- and two-dollar coins) somehow crashed on a highway this morning, spilling its loot.

The crash also blocked what must have been a slippery road because it wasn’t long before another semi collided with the first, this time sending candy cascading all over the scattered money.

Including the originally-crashed truck, three tractor-trailers and a minivan ended up in the collision. We’re guessing the candy will be written off, but Police had to stand by while a magnetic crane gathered the scattered coins.

It’s probably far from a legitimate gold rush, but people hoping for a lucrative camping trip this summer might try pitching a tent in the Ontario North along the Trans Canada Highway near Bastion Street. No doubt the local Canucks will have picked it dry shortly after the police disperse, but how often can you put coin hunting on your camping to-do list?

Unfortunately this story isn’t all sugar and money, as the two Brink’s truck passengers suffered life-threatening injuries and are currently in hospital. All joking aside, we wish them a swift and full recovery.

[Source: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press]

[Photo credit: CBC]

 |  Mar 12 2012, 7:31 PM

Speeding is dangerous. Speeding at night time while drunk is just stupid. Doing all that with young children on board has to be among the dumbest things a person can do.

However, Oregon Police had to deal with just such a driver this morning. Maria Elena Andres, 30, was cited for speeding at about 2:20 a.m. Her car finally stopped after a half-hour chase, which ended with the police using a spike strip to pop the tires on her 1998 Mercury Sable.

When the state troopers approached her car, they found her four-year old son and nine-year old daughter in the back seat. Thankfully they were belted in the car and unharmed.

Andres was taken to Lane County Jail and was charged with eluding the police, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and two counts of reckless driving. Her children were turned over to the Department of Human Services.

The exact details of her fines or jail time have not been published, but at least her children are in safer custody.

[Source: Oregon Live]

 |  Mar 09 2012, 7:01 PM

Doo-dads to keep speeding cameras from catching your license plates on film are all over the market, but one Chinese man thought of a better, or at least different plan to speed in his Porsche without penalty.

According to a story originally reported by the China Car Times, an industrious individual decided to live above the law by altering his license place — with toothpaste.

The man thought, cleverly enough, that he could take advantage of having blue plates with white lettering by squirting a little Colgate in creative places. Just like so many high school kids scratching their driver’s licenses to change, for example, an “8″ into a “3,” this fellow made “1′s” into “7′s.” Unfortunately, it seems hisMacGyver-like plans didn’t pan out.

Police slapped him with a fine and took six points, of the 12 drivers start with, from his license. Unfortunately for him, those were the only six he had left, effectively suspending his driving privileges.

[Source: China Car Times]

 |  Feb 17 2012, 7:01 PM

Think you’ve got an original excuse to explain your speeding? Think again. A traffic unit from London, Canada released a list of the most common excuses for speeding with some amusing results.

Take a look through and see if you’ve used any of the following:

  • “I’m running out of gas and need to get to the next gas station.”
  • “I have to go to the bathroom.”
  • “I’m late for work.”
  • One speeder told the officer that it was a new car and he wasn’t used to it.
  • Another told the officer that his father had passed away. It turned out to have happened — 6 weeks prior.
  • One motorist said he was speeding to get home because his father was possibly dying. The officer led the way and called an ambulance only to find out it was all a lie.
  • Another motorist sped past a police cruiser and when stopped his excuse was that he thought police didn’t like to be tailgated so he wanted to get in front.
  • Recently a woman was ticketed for speeding on her own street. Police were conducting speed enforcement near her home. The fire department attended the area as well for an unrelated matter. When the woman saw the fire department she raced toward her home to see what was going on only to be given a ticket for speeding.

We imagine that these excuses aren’t specific to Canadians… what excuses have you ever tried to get out of a ticket? Have you tried one of these? Tell us in the comments, or better yet tweet us @AutoGuide.

 |  Feb 15 2012, 8:15 PM

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If you buy a Dodge Dart and get the sneaking suspicion that it feels like someone was drinking when they put the thing together, you just might be right.

Brian Ahlert, 41, of Janesville, Wis., was returning from work at the Belvidere, Ill. plant responsible for manufacturing the Dart when he was arrested for drunk driving. The incident occurred last Saturday at 8:04 p.m. according to GazetteXtra.com.

He was pulled over after witnesses reported his 1995 Chevy Lumina was “all over the road.” When police caught up to him, Ahlert was driving 40 mph in a 55 mph zone.  He told police he had been drinking all day during his shift at the Chrysler plant.

This isn’t the first, or even second time in recent memory that we’ve reported on Chrysler employees being drunk on the job. Last summer, news cameras caught workers at a Detroit plant drinking and getting high while at work.

Apparently, this was Ahlert’s fifth drinking and driving offense, we’re just grateful nobody got hurt.

While it’s a huge stretch to assume that Alhert’s behavior is common where he works, we hope the others in charge of making Dodge’s new flagship economy car are of sounder mind.

[Source: Janesville Gazette]

 |  Sep 26 2011, 2:15 PM

Just last week we told you about Hollywood actor John Travolta’s classic Mercedes-Benz 280 SL getting stolen outside a Jaguar dealership in Santa Monica, CA.

Now the Santa Monica Police are seeking the public’s help in finding this rare car. The vehicle in question is a 1970 model, and while it was originally a light silver, it now has a custom brown paint job. It’s license plate is 3RBZ737.

The car was stolen off Berkley Street at 3:46 p.m. Police is asking if anyone has any security camera’s in the area that could have captured the crime. Travolta had left the car for just 10 minutes before he returned to find it missing. It is not known if the thief followed the car, or just happened upon it.

If you know anything about this vehicle, you can call Det. Steve Smetzer at (310) 458-8936 or Sgt. Henry Ramirez at (310) 458-8453. Investigators can also be reached through the 24-hour line (310) 458-8495 and those wishing to remain anonymous can call WeTip at (800) 782-7463 or visit their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org.

A $1000 reward is being offered to whoever provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction on this case. The car itself is valued at over $35,000.

[Source: LA Times]

 |  Aug 11 2011, 2:00 PM

Police have confirmed that a woman endangered her 6-year old niece by having the girl reverse out of a tight parking spot, which ended with two wrecked cars in the process. The aunt, fifty-five year old Rebecca Beatty, was charged by police in June after she picked up her niece from a dance program at Ambridge Area High School. Police said the girl hit a parked car, pushing it over a curb until it hit another car parked on the street. Ouch.

[Source: Wheels]

 |  Jul 14 2011, 5:15 PM

The North Carolina state government will implement the “Run and You’re Done” law beginning December 1 2011. Governor Bev Perdue signed the bill into law on June 23. This new law allows North Carolina to seize the vehicle of anyone convicted of felony speeding to elude.

The vehicle would then be auctioned off to the highest bidder, bringing revenue to the police agency responsible for the seizure. The entity responsible for selling the vehicle will keep seizure fees and sales fees. Then the remainder of the profit will be distributed to the county government like a normal fine.

Under the new law, the seized vehicle can be sold even if the actual owner of the vehicle is unaware of its use for speeding. Police will need to place a legal advertisement in the newspaper on two occasions and paste up three handbills near the place of seizure before selling the car. In total, the process can be done in 24 days. A provision has been put in place forbidding the sale of highly modified performance vehicles. The modified vehicles are to be “turned over to such governmental agency or public official within the territorial jurisdiction of the court as the court shall see fit, to be used in the performance of official duties only.”

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

 |  Jul 13 2011, 4:11 PM

The police force in Nova Scotia are confused as to why a motorist would decide to casually light a mariajuana joint a few metres away from a traffic checkpoint.

Last week, police were conducting a large checkpoint in Yarmouth, when officers noticed pot wafting through the air. Officers approached the car and inside, a man was causually smoking his joint with the windows down.

The driver was pulled over and officers spent an hour trying to determine if the man was impaired. He passed all the tests and was allowed to leave, although police officers seized his marijuana. “It appears that this was the one and only joint that was smoked,” said an RCMP officer, noting that they didn’t charge the man because it was a small quantity of marijuana.

[Source: Wheels]

 |  Jun 29 2011, 2:07 PM

Police have impounded five high performance Nissan Skyline’s after a YouTube video was shot of six cars racing through Adelaide’s Heysen Tunnel in Southern Australia. The sixth car involved was a light-coloured Skyline, and is still at large, but police are confident they will find the driver.

The five men arrested, aged 21 to 34 face a range of driving offences in releation to the race in May after the cars reached speed of 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. Police used the YouTube video along with closed circuit cameras from the area to identify the cars. Linda Fellows, officer in charge of traffic support, said the cars will be impounded for 28 days.

“Police will take every opportunity to investigate dangerous driving behaviour and take people off the roads if they can’t obey the rules and drive responsibly,” Superintendent Fellows explained. ”We have a rising road toll and it’s actions like this that can result in further carnage and road trauma. Police will not tolerate the public being put at risk by the reckless and irresponsible actions of a few.”

[Source: Herald Sun]

 |  Jun 28 2011, 7:53 AM

When violence erupts in the streets, it’s always the innocent bystanders that have the most to lose. In this case, the only bystander (thankfully) was an Audi R8 and nobody else, but still…why?!

German police chased a man in his supercar after a domestic dispute between him and his wife. The man started opening fire, and police had no choice but to unload on the poor bastard—plugging his car with 37 bullet holes and dramatically lowering its resale value. The man was shot four times and still managed to live, proving something about the tenacity of stupidity, or whatever it is. Nobody else was injured otherwise.

Michael Bay could not be reached for comment.

[Source: Wrecked Exotics]

 |  Apr 06 2011, 2:26 PM

Fans of American sedans with comically large wheels would do well to avoid the Cincinnati, Ohio area, as police in the region are now seizing and impounding vehicles that fit the profile of a “donk” (a large American sedan with wheels 20″ or greater in diameter) due to allegedly being unsafe for the road.

Cincinnati police cited a vague public safety code that supposedly gives them the authority to impound the cars, and local motorists affected by the actions are outraged at what they see as excessive heavy-handedness by police. Local news stations have been covering the story, with city officials declining to comment on the matter. While the aesthetics of the donk movement are open to question, it’s hard to imagine the big rims have such a detrimental effect on performance to the point where the vehicles are no longer road-worthy.

[Source: Jalopnik]