Perp holder

Today the PIT, tomorrow the Grappler:

Whence this comes:

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.


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 November 2016 · 1:31 pm

    I hope the Highway Patrol et al. down in my area eventually get them; far too many late-night high speed chases with perps who apparently watched too much Dukes of Hazzard. (“If we can cross state lines from Texas into Oklahoma, the law can’t touch us!!!”)

  2. CGHill »

    6 November 2016 · 2:03 pm

    Same goes for Arkansas, I am given to understand.

  3. fillyjonk »

    6 November 2016 · 2:11 pm

    it may be true everywhere there is a state line. Criminals are both foolish and loophole-seeking.

  4. nightfly »

    7 November 2016 · 10:41 am

    It’s the worst – sure, we broke the law, but now YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO STOP US!!!

    I see it on the rink constantly: the dirtiest players are all rulebook jockeys. Or, if they’re dead to rights, they’ll still lobby: “Sure, I two-handed that guy in the face, but you didn’t see him give me the finger, did you?”

  5. CGHill »

    7 November 2016 · 11:33 am

    Something similar happens in the NBA, especially with thespian teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, most of whose members will take a fall if a spectator sneezes.

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