Blount cops use VW bettle to catch speeders

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Blount County's newest police cruiser is turning heads, but whether it could keep up in a high-speed chase seems unlikely.

Assistant Chief Deputy Archie Garner retrofitted a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle to add to the sheriff's fleet of police interceptors, but with a top-end speed of about 70 mph, he's not writing a lot of speeding tickets.

The "bug-erceptor" was seized in a DUI case and boasts a new paint job, sheriff's decals and tags, a siren, radio, barred rear side windows, a side-mounted spotlight and police lights.

The car even has the same number, 53, as Herbie the Volkswagen race car in the movie "The Love Bug."

Garner said the car will be used mostly as a public relations tool for the department, making appearances in parades and at school events.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by whoever Location: somewhere on Mar 27, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    I really think that the police car don't need number like that big, they should keep it small like those on the other car. No matter what, they do get the wrong idea. Its like they think its cool, but it not a part of the police requirement and it will be needed to be removed. Other than that, they just look like no cop at all.

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