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Police golf carts switch course from green to road

Rising fuel costs drive move to economical but unconventional transport

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By Oliver Burkeman
The Guardian

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PINE LAWN, Mo. — A Missouri police chief, Rickey Jones, this week surprised a drug dealer in the middle of a deal. The really surprising part was how Jones arrived at the scene: rather than screeching to a halt in a squad car, he approached, almost silently, in an electric golf cart. "There's no engine, no loud motor, so he didn't hear us coming," he recalled.

When the suspect sped away in a car, Jones couldn't give chase: the cart struggled to go faster than 20mph. Instead, he radioed a colleague in a more traditional police vehicle, who intercepted the fleeing car some distance away.

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