MILWAUKEE, Wis. —
Surveillance video provided by Milwaukee police shows officers attempting to pull over a black car near 16th St. and Capitol Dr. Tuesday night for speeding and reckless driving.
“He immediately fled, and we activated our StarChase,” said Officer Ismar Kulenovic. “We were able to successfully adhere the GPS tracking to the car.”
StarChase is a device, similar to a dart, that is launched from the grill of the police cruiser. Tuesday night, officers had a direct hit on the suspect’s bumper. The adhesive on the tip allows it to stick. Officers are then able to track the suspect’s location.
“It allowed us to follow the vehicle, even though the vehicle didn’t know we were there until it came to a rest,” said Officer Jesse Busshardt.
The man was taken into custody on Congress Street. Police found drugs, and a large amount of cash inside. The element of surprise is an added bonus.
“It’s nice to have another piece of technology, and another tool to help us do our jobs,” said Officer Daniel Sutyak.
It also cuts down on police chases.
“It actually makes you look forward to catching these guys at the end of the day and taking them to jail,” said officer Ismar Kulenovic. “Taking their drugs, taking anything they may have.”
MPD said that since implementing the technology last spring, StarChase has been used successfully more than 150 times.
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