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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, November 29, 2004

Oregon Sheriff Condones Imposter Patrol Car

Police1_1Need a solution to leadfoots speeding through your neighborhood?  If the sheriff's office in your county is as tolerant of officer impersonation as the Benton County Sheriff's Office in Oregon, maybe you can design an imposter police patrol car and hope to scare speeders into slowly traveling through your neighborhood.  That's what Rick Pyburn of Albany, Oregon did.  He painted a police car onto plywood and hid it in some bushes near his home.  The decoy cruiser has proven so effective that Pyburn plans to market and sell copies of his design.  When questioned about the imposter, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said they don't mind Pyburn's decoy car, they only wish they had more deputies available to patrol for speeding.  More... [Mark Godsey]

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