PHOENIX – A suspect is under arrest, following an incident that took Phoenix Police officers to multiple parts of the Phoenix area.
According to a statement released by Sgt. Andy Williams, officers responded to the area of Cave Creek and Deer Valley Roads at around 2:30 pm for a vehicle that was blocking the roadway.
“They located an adult male passed out in a vehicle blocking traffic in the roadway. Officers observed weapons and what appeared to be drugs inside the vehicle as well,” read a portion of the statement.
Sgt. Williams said when the drive woke up, he rammed his car back and forth in to the police cars, and was eventually able to drive off. Officers did not pursue the car, but a police helicopter was used to keep surveillance on the car, while detectives from Phoenix Police’s tactical support bureau responded.
“The vehicle was eventually grappled and stopped near 48th Street and the I-10,” read a portion of the statement. “Less-lethal ammunition and a police K-9 were utilized to safely take the driver of the vehicle into custody.”
What is the grappler device that was used in the incident?
In 2016, we reported on the Grappler Police Bumperwhich was created by a Peoria man who was frustrated by the number of innocent people getting injured or killed during high-speed pursuits.
“The options right now are getting in front of a suspect vehicle to deploy tire spikes or using the pit maneuver or some type of smash up derby style process to stop a vehicle and the officer many times is pinned against a suspect vehicle,” said Leonard Stock, in 2016.
The Grappler Police Bumper works by using a heavy-duty nylon net that can be lowered from the front of the pursuing police vehicle with the touch of a button to snag the rear tire of the suspect vehicle, wrapping around the axle. Within a few seconds, the case comes to a controlled stop without the officer having to force a collision.
“Well, when you have a vehicle, 7,000 pounds of steel, traveling down the road with an unpredictable suspect in there, it’s kind of important to stop the vehicle,” said Stock, in a telephone interview with us on April 29.
Stock said the technique used in deploying the Grappler during the pursuit was ‘textbook.’
“That was the perfect scenario. The perfect execution of the Grappler,” said Stock. “We’ve only had a few stories where some of the uses have been on a dashcam, and so, it’s been limited, but for it to be on live TV, it’s pretty exciting.”
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