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Police buy 'ugly' patrol car
"When its officers decided they didn't like the looks of a brand-new, 2000 Chevrolet Impala, the city of Medina put up its newest patrol car in the law enforcement equivalent of a garage sale.Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg, on the the other hand, didn't mind the looks of the car, so now the city has a barely-used, $19,000 patrol vehicle. After having a look at the car as it sat out front of City Hall Wednesday night, Aug. 2, the Langley City Council approved the purchase of the vehicle, which will replace one of the police department's aging Ford Taurus police prowlers.The car is a good deal, said Herzberg. Purchased by Medina through a state bid, the car already came at a good price. The sale price to Langley was even lower, saving Langley about $1,000. The city would have saved more, Herzberg said, if it had not had to pay sales tax on the vehicle. All this because the car did not fit with the aesthetics of Medina's police car fleet.They didn't like the way it looked, Herzberg said.The police department still has to install radar, radio, and other equipment in the car. Fortunately, a $6,000 federal grant will pay for everything the car needs. It will be ready to start patrol duty in six to eight weeks. "