by Lori Tipton
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
WASILLA, Alaska -- This may look like a high-speed police chase, but it's actually just a training run.
Wasilla police are practicing how to use a new device mounted to the front of their cruisers called a mobile spike. It's aimed at preventing high-speed chases before they even start.
"We're here to do an Arctic field trial to make sure that our unit functions perfectly in these types of conditions," said Michael Moormeier, the president of Pursuit Management, Inc.
Pursuit Management, Inc. is a company in Washington that created the mobile spike.
The device allows an officer, from within the safety of his or her vehicle, to push a button and disable a nearby vehicle by deflating its tire.
From start to finish, it takes about six seconds for the spike strip to eject.
"Well I'm thoroughly impressed with it so far. I certainly would like to have the ability to stop vehicles if somebody wants to try to get away without putting the rest of the public in danger," said Jentry Crain of Wasilla Police.