• Oct 27, 2009
Finnish police car chase harpoon -- Click above to watch video

The place is Finland. The car is a Mercedes 300 wagon. The place is Finland. The protrusion, like the figurehead adorning Ahab's Pequod, is a harpoon. Instead of catching whales, however, this harpoon was reportedly to be used to catch cars leading police on high-speed chases.

We won't even spoil it for you by telling you if or how it worked, or tell you about the extra prize for miscreants hidden inside the harpoon. Follow the jump to check it out. And then, even though the lance was apparently never adopted, we remind you: Don't get any funny ideas in Finland.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't high speed + tear gas= catastrophic crash?
      • 5 Years Ago
      One of the richest nations in the world and.......they're using a 20 year old Mercedes that's falling apart?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i didn't know morbidly obese women existed outside of the US. thanks for the education.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't this pose a threat to occupants of a vehicle that a police car broadsides at too high a speed. Human shish kabob anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I doubt this was supposed to be an effective tool to actually use. It is more of a deterrent. Although... most car chases are on stolen vehicles, so the driver doesn't care if the car gets damaged if they think they can get away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This was simply the result of a late night brainstorming session where law enforcement officers were coming up with crazy ideas for stopping speeders, and they actually acted on one of those crazy ideas. A high pressure cannon that shoots out a huge net would have also been a similarly bad idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know the Russian police uses in such cases a much simpler and more effective device called AK-47.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In russia, the getaway harpoons YOU...
      • 5 Years Ago
      hell yeah, that's F'n metal. m/
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking, about the only thing that could make this device cooler would be if, in addition to tear gas, it piped deafening Yngwie Malmsteen into the offending vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        'now your ships (cars) are burned (gassed)...'
      • 5 Years Ago
      LEAVE THAT POOR SAAB 96 ALONE!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      A harpoon is the natural weapon for anything that can't outrun a Mercedes 300 wagon on dry land.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Less of a harpoon (since it doesn't leave the Merc) and more of a pointy CO2 tank. Also, what keeps the offending car attached to the 'harpoon' long enough to inject the spare tire with tear gas? I think if I got stabbed in the back by that thing, I'd probably just speed up, which would pour the tear gas over the cops trailing the Super Stabber.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hate to be the guy hiding in the trunk when that harpoon comes flying in. :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's why they're so rich. They're cheap.
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