• Mar 25, 2008
It's a rather undignified process, being pulled over by the police. Next time you're sitting at the side of the road with the lights flashing in your rearview mirror, just think of this: at least you weren't pulled over by a VW Beetle. Unless you reside in Blount County, Tennessee, where Archie Garner, a 40-plus-year police veteran, nabbed this 1972 Beetle in a DUI case and summarily converted it into an Interceptor. Not that it does too much intercepting, being capable of only 70 miles per hour or so using the stock air-cooled 1600cc engine.

The "bug-erceptor", as it's affectionately referred to, just so happens to be car 53, wearing the same number as the lovable bug from the Herbie movie enterprise, and sees most of its duty in parades and on public relations missions. Wouldn't it be fun, though, to see your buddy pulled over in his souped-up Camaro by a Beetle? That's a story he'd never be able to live down.

[Source: USA Today, Knoxville News Sentinel]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The City of Brawley, CA in Imperial County (near the Glamis Dunes) used to have a late 60's Beetle done up in black & white, with the logos, light bar and some tasteful, vintage 5 slot mags. They used it mainly for community events, but it was technically a line-capable patrol vehicle. I tried to find a picture, but it kind of predated the intertubes. Fun stuff, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am with Guenther. There is a better way to punish DUI types. I read a few years ago that the progressive country of Bulgaria executed their DUI types. Sounds like a plan. I would extend it to those who think stealing cars is a valid career pursuit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would have been cooler if you were pulled over by the volksrods.com Rat Patrol
      http://tinyurl.com/2lrycg
      • 6 Years Ago
      Curved windshield, huh? That means it's a Super Beetle, more specifically a 1302, which I believe were first produced in 1973... I could be wrong though.

      And unless he made it really heavy with a ton of police gear, it should be good for about 80. I used to drive my old 73 Beetle to school, and would usually go about 75 on the highway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, that is a 1303; 1302's were built between 71-72 and had a curved windshield and smaller taillights. 1303's were built between 73-79 for the NA market, '03 for the rest of the world via the Mexican VW plants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They can use this as their newest enforcement vehicle on the dragon!

      (i.e.: this livery should look very familiar to recent tail of the dragon visitors)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely beautiful Beetle. It's a gorgeous color...I don't know what the Top Gear crew is on about when they say they hate these things.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So that 302 on the front isn't for the engine displacement?
      d.lfjhn
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh yay now criminals can get away if they run 100 yards then the beetle will break down... i don't feel any safer with this on the force
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, VW has a lot of possibilities, maybe they will make it in the USA: http://www.beyondthekm.com/2008/03/26/vw-coming-to-america/
      • 6 Years Ago
      The cop driving this better have a rack with generous amounts of cleavageon display.
      I guess it also could be a guy in short shorts like on Reno 911.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would do an engine swap, and suspension upgrade!

      1.8T from a GTI
      V6 From the R32-with AWD powertrain

      Remove the rear seats and make it mid engined with the GT Speeds W12 engine.

      talk about a lightweight sleeper!

      -nick
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see others are upset that the government can take your property away for a DUI. Sure take their license and registration but property and keep it for law enforcement!

      I don't condone DUIs but MADD has become the largest lobbiest group in US history that keeps getting the DUI alcohol percentage lower and lower with no gaining affects.

      DUI laws are the only ones "on the books" where you are guilty until proven innocent.
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