Chrysler has agreed to replace a Dodge Charger Pursuit and all of the police gear inside for free after the vehicle mysteriously burnt to the ground. As you may recall, a Curry County, Oregon sheriff's deputy saw his new cruiser (which had 6,000 miles on it) go crispy after stopping to assist in a search and rescue operation.

Patrick Combs, the rescuee, was found and taken to a local hospital by ambulance, but deputy Jared Gray's new Charger Patrol didn't survive the scene. The fire seemed to take hold in the passenger-side front wheel well and continued to reignite after fire crews extinguished the blaze.

There was one small caveat to the vehicle's generous replacement, however. In exchange for the new set of wheels, the sheriff's department had to agree to sign a non-disclosure, which means we may never know exactly what set the car ablaze.

As our friends at The J point out, no reports of toasty civilian Chargers have been made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aren't we entitled to know what happened since it is still tax payer money? Just because they gave a free dodge charger doesn't change that fact. It could be arson for all we know.
      Keith
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. The seat heaters in my Touareg don't get that hot even on 5!
      Robert Christopher M
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's kind of sad that Chrysler is still having random vehicle fires. It's probably related to the electrical system. the 2004 Dodge Durango had dashboard fires..
      Dennis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that one is too far gone to sell on a used car lot as a "Krispy Creme Puff."
      Shoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      There had better be a media uproar over that "non-disclosure" business. What would have been said if this was Toyota or Honda?
        walletclan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shoe
        its true!
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shoe
        I'm not going jump and say it's a problem with the car, but that non-disclosure looks very bad. If this had been Toyota, the haters would be all over this for months.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shoe
        This is standard. Even average folks typically sign them to get free replacements from dealers. I know people who signed them 10 years ago when Audi replaced their lemons.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      themanwithsauce
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just throwing this out there - the non-disclosure could also cover the police's behind if it turns out they didn't maintain the car correctly and tried to do their own repair job or botched equipment installation or overloaded a fuse or something. If the station knew they had no wrong doing of any sort in the maintenance and preparation of that vehicle they would've said "No, screw your NDA, our fellow officers drive these things and we want to know what's wrong!" I agree that 90% of the time something like this is manufacturer defect but the fact that a law enforcement agency would agree to non-disclosure means they know something we don't. Especially when it comes to their own safety. And if this was about money, the county that purchased the vehicle could likely sue for damages and then some in regards to the cruiser, equipment lost, time lost, and whatnot. So unless Chrysler threw in a nice "charitable donation" of cash to go with the cruiser....I have a hard time believing this was all one party's fault.
        chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @themanwithsauce
        Thanks for being level headed and not jumping to conclusions don't know why ppl consider that a negitive
      enri Ortsa
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would never buy a car for chrysler.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @enri Ortsa
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      J
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only reason why Chrysler would have them sign a nondisclosure is if there is a possibility that what set this care ablaze is something that could be underlying in all Chargers of the same year, and thus would warrant a massive recall. By having the nondisclosure, Chrysler is praying that this won't happen again, and thus they wouldn't have to fix what could be a ticking timebomb (not literally of course.) The police department should be ashamed that is consented to this as well.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a chrysler. Its what chryslers do. DUH
      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe the donuts hadn't cooled enough before he put them in the car.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walt
        That, or he left a lit cigarette in the car and it fell on the seat and ignited or something.
      falcon38a
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe the cop overheated the car by wearing it down with his big lazy ass.
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