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Washington state patrol putting new cars into service

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol is starting to put 200 new Chevrolet Caprices into service, replacing aging Ford Crown Victorias.

With full equipment the new patrol cars will cost about $7.8 million.

The cars are equipped at the patrol's office in Tumwater with radar, a GPS system, cameras, computer docking systems, prisoner cage, spotlights and light bars.  The Caprice also needs a heavier bumper for troopers to perform the PIT maneuver on fleeing cars.

About 15 new patrol cars a month will be added until next summer.  The WSP now uses more than 700 patrol cars.

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