[GeoStL] GPS Gum Balls

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  • Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 11:36:42 -0500

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Car-chase capital deploys new weapon -- GPS gum balls

Tuesday, February 7, 2006; Posted: 9:18 a=2Em=2E EST (14:18 GMT)=20
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LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The car chase capital of the world is goin=
g
high-tech to end dangerous pursuits across Southern California=2E

Police Chief William J=2E Bratton unveiled a strange new weapon in the pol=
ice
department's strategy to halt high-speed pursuits -- adhesive darts with a=

global positioning system that are fired at fleeing cars by police=2E

Once fired from a patrol car, the GPS dart is designed to stick to a
fleeing car, allowing squad cars to back off the chase=2E

"Instead of us pushing them doing 70 or 80 miles an hour," Bratton said,
"this device allows us not to have to pursue after the car=2E It allows us=
 to
start vectoring where the car is=2E"

U=2ES=2E Department of Justice officials suggested testing the StarChase s=
ystem
in Los Angeles=2E A small number of patrol cars will be equipped with the
compressed air launchers, which fire the miniature GPS receivers in a
sticky compound resembling a golf ball=2E

There were more than 600 pursuits in Los Angeles and more than 100,000
nationwide last year=2E Critics have long questioned the wisdom of police
pursuits because they can endanger bystanders and officers=2E

Bratton, who often calls the city the car chase capital of the world, was
asked why there are so many pursuits in Los Angeles: "There are a lot of
nuts here," he said=2E


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