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Mt. Pleasant purchases new police cruiser

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant Borough Police Chief Steve Ober with the 2013 Ford Taurus police cruiser recently purchased for department use.

Mt. Pleasant Borough recently purchased a 2013 Ford Taurus for the police department.

Police Chief Steve Ober said the vehicle is equipped with the police package, which includes wiring for lights, a heavy duty transmission and alternator.

“The borough supports our police department with new equipment. We are fortunate to purchase the vehicle without raising taxes or receiving grant money,” said Jeff Landy, the borough's manager.

The police cruiser was put into service March 7.

It is the first all-wheel drive vehicle for the department.

Ober said the V6 turbo motor should allow better mobility in the winter while providing gas efficiency.

The main advantage will be dependability, as it is replacing an older model vehicle, he said.

The control panel displays how many miles per gallon an on-duty officer is getting at all times.

“It's always nice to obtain a new car and have dependable equipment,” Ober said. “The car we replaced was a 2006, so the new car is a welcome change.”

The vehicle was purchased at Tri-Star Motors in Blairsville.

Ober said he worked with Mayor Jerry Lucia and Assistant Police Chief Dan Zilli to choose the emblems to be applied to the side of the vehicle identifying it as a borough police car.

Fejes Signs, based in Jeannette, applied the emblems to the vehicle.

Officer James Kowalczuk said the vehicle's brighter light bars make it safer for officers, as well as for the general public, during traffic stops.

“I was fortunate enough to drive it in the last snow of the season. It did really well, I have no doubt we would be able to use it in any weather condition,” Kowalczuk said.

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or apanian@tribweb.com.

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