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Iowa State Patrol buys GPS projectile to track vehicles

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The Iowa State Patrol has bought a GPS system that lets a trooper track a suspect vehicle instead of giving dangerous chase.

A patrol spokesman told The Des Moines Register ( that only one State Patrol car is equipped with the StarChase system but more could be coming.

Sgt. Scott Bright says the system is a new technology "that's going to protect a lot of people. We don't want to take somebody's innocent life because of pursuit."

The trooper pushes a button to launch a GPS tracking projectile from the patrol vehicle's grille. The projectile sticks to the fleeing vehicle, allowing the trooper to back off. When the fleeing vehicle slows or stops, troopers can close in and make an arrest.

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