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Cardboard numbers plates and a tasing

By johnboy - 7 September 2011 55

ACT Policing has charged a man following a pursuit in Monash last night (Tuesday, 6 September).

About 11pm Woden Patrol observed a Mazda MX6 at the intersection of Marconi Crescent and Drakeford Drive in Kambah with cardboard number plates attached.

Police attempted to perform a traffic stop on the car and when it failed to stop commenced a pursuit.

Police pursued the vehicle through the suburbs of Kambah, Wanniassa and Monash before the driver lost control of his vehicle and collided with the curb, coming to a stop in Clive Steele Avenue, Monash.

Upon exiting the vehicle the offender rushed towards the sergeant who subsequently drew and discharged his Taser.

This is the first discharge of a Taser since the August 22 roll-out of Tasers to frontline sergeants. The deployment of a Taser in the ACT is subject to an independent committee review.

The pursuit lasted eight minutes and the maximum speed reached was 140km/h.

The man received watch house bail and will face the ACT Magistrates Court on September 13 to answer various traffic related charges including, dangerous driving, drive while disqualified, exceed PCA and not obey direction of police.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Cardboard numbers plates and a tasing
john87_no1 2:01 pm 07 Sep 11

qbngeek said :

EvanJames said :

Hmmm. This taser thing has got me thinking… what the cops now need is a taser that works on cars. They could EMP errant cars, do away with dangerous car chases AND have themselves a great deal of fun into the bargain.

There are some issues with that idea. How do you propose that the EM pulse is contained so that it doesn’t kill everything in the area, including all the electronics in the police vehicle? What about the liability issues involved in ‘killing’ a car because after an EM pulse the ECU would be worse than useless and the car is a write off. I can already see the ACT comp solicitors suing the police for the damage.

What about the mobile phones/personal electronics of passers-by, and all the personal electronics of the offenders (although I think they can get stuffed), that would be destroyed? Who is liable for them? What if it was set off near a transformer? What effects might that have not reared their heads before? Will it affect phone/adsl boxes on the street or underground phone/adsl cabling?

I love the idea (I love EM stuff in general), but the implementation of such a device whould case so many issues. Just wait until one is set of in a suburb and kills a whole street of computers, phones, TVs and other electronic devices. Then the ACT government will be up for a small fortune. My Gaming rig alone is brand spanking new and cost $8000…

Apparently the Californian Police Department have already started developing exactly what you have suggested.

MonarchRepublic 1:59 pm 07 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

I’m having a mental image of the cops as Reavers, their cars all shaped like sharks and things with dead bodies strapped to the fronts, stalking the streets… WHAP! Gotcha.

Thinking back to how Reavers were ‘created’….. the image works on so many levels…

Primal 1:36 pm 07 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

reckon if the car taser worked like a person taser, the contraption would shoot out little prongs or sticky cups, on strings, so the taser made contact with the errant car, and delivered the EMP that way, and so everything else would be safe (ish).

oooh, a car harpoon with an electric surprise!

RedDogInCan 1:26 pm 07 Sep 11

p1 said :

Unless they are driving an old diesel.

In which case they wouldn’t really be involved in what you could call a ‘car chase’.

EvanJames 12:39 pm 07 Sep 11

@ QbnGeek: I reckon if the car taser worked like a person taser, the contraption would shoot out little prongs or sticky cups, on strings, so the taser made contact with the errant car, and delivered the EMP that way, and so everything else would be safe (ish).

Then the Reavers um I mean COPS would eat their livers. I mean issue them a ticket.

EvanJames 12:25 pm 07 Sep 11

I’m having a mental image of the cops as Reavers, their cars all shaped like sharks and things with dead bodies strapped to the fronts, stalking the streets… WHAP! Gotcha.

p1 12:17 pm 07 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

Hmmm. This taser thing has got me thinking… what the cops now need is a taser that works on cars. They could EMP errant cars, do away with dangerous car chases AND have themselves a great deal of fun into the bargain.

Unless they are driving an old diesel.

qbngeek 12:16 pm 07 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

Hmmm. This taser thing has got me thinking… what the cops now need is a taser that works on cars. They could EMP errant cars, do away with dangerous car chases AND have themselves a great deal of fun into the bargain.

There are some issues with that idea. How do you propose that the EM pulse is contained so that it doesn’t kill everything in the area, including all the electronics in the police vehicle? What about the liability issues involved in ‘killing’ a car because after an EM pulse the ECU would be worse than useless and the car is a write off. I can already see the ACT comp solicitors suing the police for the damage.

What about the mobile phones/personal electronics of passers-by, and all the personal electronics of the offenders (although I think they can get stuffed), that would be destroyed? Who is liable for them? What if it was set off near a transformer? What effects might that have not reared their heads before? Will it affect phone/adsl boxes on the street or underground phone/adsl cabling?

I love the idea (I love EM stuff in general), but the implementation of such a device whould case so many issues. Just wait until one is set of in a suburb and kills a whole street of computers, phones, TVs and other electronic devices. Then the ACT government will be up for a small fortune. My Gaming rig alone is brand spanking new and cost $8000…

sandcaw 12:09 pm 07 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

Hmmm. This taser thing has got me thinking… what the cops now need is a taser that works on cars. They could EMP errant cars, do away with dangerous car chases AND have themselves a great deal of fun into the bargain.

Gold!

chewy14 12:02 pm 07 Sep 11

Deserved to be tased bro.

Grail 11:51 am 07 Sep 11

p1 said :

Yup, the outcome would have been a little worse for the driver if the sergeant had grabbed the other pistol shaped device on his belt and “discharged” it.

Outcome would have been worse for both if the sergeant had used the baton instead.

EvanJames 11:49 am 07 Sep 11

Hmmm. This taser thing has got me thinking… what the cops now need is a taser that works on cars. They could EMP errant cars, do away with dangerous car chases AND have themselves a great deal of fun into the bargain.

p1 11:26 am 07 Sep 11

Thumper said :

Upon exiting the vehicle the offender rushed towards the sergeant who subsequently drew and discharged his Taser

Lucky for him it was only a taser.

Yup, the outcome would have been a little worse for the driver if the sergeant had grabbed the other pistol shaped device on his belt and “discharged” it.

Thumper 10:54 am 07 Sep 11

Upon exiting the vehicle the offender rushed towards the sergeant who subsequently drew and discharged his Taser

Lucky for him it was only a taser.

YetAnotherBlowIn 10:40 am 07 Sep 11

I always thought the black-on-white/white-on-black non-embossed number plates looked like someone had knocked them up on their home printer using Garamond font…..

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