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May 15, 2012
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Conn. man pulled over for being radioactive

Trooper: 'You've been flagged as a radioactive car'

By PoliceOne Staff

MILFORD, Conn. — A trooper pulled over an off-duty firefighter last week because he was radioactive.

Mike Apatow, 42, was was entering Interstate 84 in Newtown when the cruiser appeared and pulled him over.

"I asked the officer 'What seems to be the problem?'" Apatow said. "He said 'You've been flagged as a radioactive car.'"

Earlier in the day Apatow underwent a nuclear stress test that uses a small amount radioactive material — similar to what's used in an X-ray or CT scan — due to a recent spike in blood pressure, according to the Connecticut Post

It was enough to set off a detector inside the patrol car that aims to alert troopers to drivers who might be transporting hazardous materials.

"I had no idea the police even had devices like that," he said. "I imagined it being like a cartoon — like I'm driving down the street and my car was glowing."

State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said the system is part of homeland security operations, but cases like Apatow's do happen from time to time.

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