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Dragnet: Could this invention end police chases? Watch it work

Source: PoliceBumper.com Source: PoliceBumper.com
Source: PoliceBumper.com Source: PoliceBumper.com
Source: PoliceBumper.com Source: PoliceBumper.com
Source: PoliceBumper.com Source: PoliceBumper.com
PHOENIX, AZ (WMC) -

Police chases are wild to watch on live television. They make spectacular scenes for movies. But they are also dangerous to police, the public, and even the suspects running from the law. The inventors of a new device hope they can put an end to real life police chases and the danger that goes with them.

The invention is called the Grappler Police Bumper. A video produced by the Arizona company, Stock Enterprises, shows how it works.  The video says it's a safer, more controlled way to end a pursuit. The Grappler launches a net that wraps around the rear tire of the vehicle running from police. The wheel locks up and the vehicle skids to a stop. They call it the "Snag Maneuver." After launching the net, the officer has two options. One, let the net do the work and stop or at least slow the vehicle. The other, to tether the net to the police vehicle. A re-enforced bumper on the front of the police vehicle holds the suspect's car back, and according to the website, "when a suspect is speeding to avoid capture, they have control. When the net meets the tire, law enforcement regains that control!"

Inventors claim on their website, "after several years of unremitting research and development in creating a device capable of locking the wheel of a speeding vehicle, we are excited to have finally achieved that goal with the Grappler."

They're prepared to demo the product for police departments and other agencies, but don't currently have a price for it. 

"Equipping law enforcement with this tool in gaining control of a dangerous situation is of the utmost importance to us and we are excited to be scheduling demos with agencies that would like to try out the Grappler. We welcome law enforcement agencies to contact us to set up a demonstration," the website says.

You can check out more videos of the device and get more info on their website by clicking here.

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