Today the PIT, tomorrow the Grappler:
An Arizona man has spent the last eight years developing a tool that could end police pursuits by ensnaring the rear wheel of a fleeing vehicle. Called the Grappler Police Bumper, the seemingly simple apparatus can be mounted to the front of a police-spec Tahoe or Explorer.
Looking like a giant pool skimmer, the unit consists of extendable, Y-shaped arms holding a heavy-duty nylon net. When the arms are extended and lowered towards the road surface, a pursuing officer drives up behind the suspect’s rear quarter and snags the vehicle’s rear wheel. The cord then wraps around the rear wheel and axle, locking it. The officer’s vehicle remains tethered to the suspect vehicle, so they can floor the accelerator in vain all they want.
There’s a certain rough-hewn charm to it, but eventually it will give way to higher tech:
And in another 8 years the police officer will simply push a button and your car will auto-pilot to a full stop. Don’t bother locking your doors, there’s an override for that.
Okay probably not 8 years but it is going to happen sooner or later.
In this town, where entirely too many perps think they can outrun the cops, I expect to see some successful Grapples.