We're not strangers to the allure of Craigslist. The classified ad site is our go-to distraction when it comes time to contemplate our next project vehicle, and we've been tempted by the occasional decommissioned Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor more often than we care to admit. As one Chattanooga, Tennessee man recently found out, those vehicles may be more trouble than they're worth. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Luke Ridings was recently stopped by authorities as he was driving his newly acquired Crown Vic, complete with lights, camera and radar equipment. Ridings said that he bought the vehicle for $4,000 from an individual in Georgia.

The only problem was that the cruiser was supposed to be crushed by a towing company after electrical issues had forced officials in East Ellijay to pull the vehicle from service. At this point, the company is trying to discover how it originally lost track of the doomed Interceptor. Ridings had his slightly used cop car confiscated and was charged with operating an unregistered vehicle as well as underage drinking.


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      dfoster
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they were going to crush a vehicle with radar, lights, camera, etc. intact. Must be a very rich area of the country to throw these items away, along with a nearly new cruiser with a fixable electrical problem. I wonder if the taxpayers approve of their fiscal responsibility.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dfoster
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        bufski
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dfoster
        probably wasn't fixable and insurance most likely paid for the replacement of said car
          svx9000rx7
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bufski
          Most ALL Cities are self insured.... JUST WASTEFUL SPENDING and now they have to cover it up and seize what was legally purchased
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bufski
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      Spartan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Electrical issues are easy fixes for Panthers. Why crush the car when it can be sold for likely more money and repaired for road use again?
      cmunic8r99
      • 3 Years Ago
      How do you accidentally sell a fully equipped police car on Craigslist?
        Wunderbird
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cmunic8r99
        Who said it was accidental? It only said the towing company lost track of it. I am willing to bet some enterprising individual with connections to the towing company re-appropriated the vehicle and sold it out of state as a way to obscure the ownership.
          hugeduge
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Wunderbird
          The title of the article said it was accidental. So, you both are right. It wasn't sold accidentally.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't the city strip the car and use it for parts? A lot of departments are buying up these cars. Just for that reason.
      dodie1990
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only the gov't would send a perfectly good car with a minor electrical problem to be destroyed, leaving all their electrical gear on it.. They really do waste money. Since there are no more Crown Victorias being built they might have tried to fix it considering the mini-Taurus Ford wants to replace ti with. The person who saved the car should be commended. By the way if it was so bad how come the new owner was able to drive it.
        Eric
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dodie1990
        Yeah man....plenty of money left i in them thar taxpayers. Even though electrical problems can be a bugger to figure out, it doesn't take $4000 to do so. Give me 2 hours and I'll have it figured out, a few more to procure any parts and resolve the problem.
      James Bridges
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what is wrong in this country, Government does not see any problem with wasting Tax-Payers Money. they would rather destroy 1000's of dollars worth of equipment then give someone a few Bucks to strip the equipment out of the vehicle and use them in another vehicle. Just Like the town I live in, They have 5 or six Cops (this is a Small Rural Town btw) And each one of them has thier Own Cop Cars. That Is Just Stupid no reason for them to each have thier own Cars
        one2beam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @James Bridges
        I live in a village, pop 1700 with a full time chief and a part time badge... Dam if I can figure out why we have 2 SUV's and a patrol car...
      Matthew
      • 3 Years Ago
      What seems to be...the officer...problem...burrrrp. lol
      Ghetto Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crushed because stupid cops can't fix it. LOL
      kimcrdr
      • 3 Years Ago
      accidentally sold on craigslist.......................Right
      glassguy2
      • 3 Years Ago
      go after the guy in Georgia that sold it ,give the guy his money back ,what a mess
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      That pretty much sums up the kind of people I see driving decommissioned police cars. Most of them have 24s on them and are painted like a bass boat, if that matters.
      hman570
      • 3 Years Ago
      How do you accidentally sell a police car on Craigslist? I think there is a lot more to the story, and just shows how dumb some people are.
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