A new piece of technology could help law enforcement stop fleeing cars during high speed
Chases are some of the most dangerous situations for police, but a new method of stopping
vehicles could make it safer for the officer, the alleged criminal, and most importantly, other
motorists on the road, CrimeTracker 10's Angela An reported.
"It's a safety issue," said Sgt. Jeff Sowards, with the Columbus Division of Police Freeway
Patrol. "Officers can deploy spikes from inside the car. We're always looking at technology to make
our jobs safer and easier, and this is certainly something we want to look at."
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Sowards was one of several officers watching a demonstration on Thursday from Mobile Spike.
Mobile Spike is a vehicle disablement system that shoots out from the front of a police cruiser,
"Allowing one officer, from the safety of his cruiser, to disable a fleeing suspect in six
seconds without the help from any other officers," said Mobile Spike President Michael
Moormeir said his company spent five years developing Mobile Spike, after watching officers put
their lives on the line trying to stop police chases by standing on the side of the road with a
roll of spikes.
"It's very dangerous to the officer," Sowards said. "Not enough time to make a decision and
often the suspect will intentionally target the officer."
With Mobile Spike, officers get more than one shot to stop a fleeing suspect.
Depending on how many spikes strike the tire, it can take anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds for the
tire to deflate, An reported.
With the ability to stop cars traveling as fast as 100 mph, Mobile Spike could soon be the next
tool for Columbus police.
The system costs about $4,000, but the company said it may give the city two Mobile Spike
systems to test out first, An reported.
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