09/09/2004

Detainees kept in tow with new invention

By Ty McMahan
The Daily Oklahoman

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Alan Beaty says his invention, the Trooper Trap, will help keep his fellow law enforcement officers safe. His idea, he said, came from his own experience.

In October 2000, Beaty arrested a woman on an outstanding felony warrant, he said. He handcuffed and buckled her into the back seat of his car. While he took inventory of the woman''s vehicle, she slipped off her handcuffs, jumped in the driver''s seat of Beaty''s cruiser and sped away, he said.

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