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Police shop for vehicle to handle ice

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In the wake of several winter storms this year that have caused numerous accidents and left hundreds of drivers stranded at one time, Rhome Police Department plans to add a vehicle to handle the conditions.

“I’m looking for an older Bronco or Blazer or similar model with four-wheel drive to go off-road if we need it,” said Rhome Police Chief James Rose. “It’s not going to get fully decked out, just basic signage. It’s just to be taken out during ice storms.”

During the last ice storm, a police officer lost control of his cruiser, slid off the road and totaled it. It was an older model car. Insurance money from the accident will be used to purchase the off-road vehicle.

“I just need a vehicle for us to use during bad weather,” Rose said.

During an ice storm in November, hundreds of vehicles were stuck on a stretch of U.S. 287 in Rhome – some for more than 36 hours. An off-road vehicle could have aided in getting help to some of those stranded.

The used vehicle is not expected to cost above $5,000.

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