Could police GPS "tracking bullets" be the end of high-speed chases? That's what at least two police departments are hoping with the introduction of what's known as Star Chase system, which at first glance appears to be right out of the James Bond movies.
The new technology allows an officer who is in pursuit of another vehicle to click a button from the behind the wheel, opening a compartment in the car's grill and via an air gun launch a sticky GPS tracking device that will adhere itself to the back of the suspect's car.
Once the GPS device is on the other vehicle, the officer can hang back and give the impression that he is no longer in pursuit, thereby lessening the chances of a high-speed collision with the suspect and another driver on the road, while all the time police are monitoring the car's location to sweep in on him when he is least expecting it.
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To date, the device has been employed by the Iowa State Police and is being tested by Florida's St. Petersburg Police Department.
In the CBS 5 WCSC News video posted below, we see the police tracking bullets
being demonstrated by Iowa State Trooper Tim Sieleman courtesy of his cruiser dash cam.
Though the GPS tracking device does make a sound when it hits the vehicle and is noticeable to passersby, Sieleman told CBS 5 that in most cases the driver will not notice the device because of their physical state and road conditions.
"People are usually so amped up with adrenaline or drugs or alcohol that they're not paying attention," Sieleman said. "It sounds like you've hit a piece of tread on the roadway."
"People who are thinking about running you get behind a state patrol car, you're not going to get away. You may get away for a little bit, but with Star Chase we will catch you," Sieleman added.
In Florida, the St. Petersburg Police Department had several of the devices put on police cruisers for a six month test phase before employing it department wide. They are presently testing it in training exercises before using it in actual high speed chases.
The Star Chase system costs $5,000 for each vehicle it's added to, while each round fired costs the tax payer $500, CBS 5 reported.
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