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VW Beetle turned into police cruiser but won't be making high-speed chases

Blount County's newest police cruiser has been turning heads, but whether it could keep up in a high-speed chase seems unlikely.

Assistant Chief Deputy Archie Garner retrofitted a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle to add to the sheriff's fleet of police interceptors, but with a top-end speed of about 70 mph, he's not writing a lot of speeding tickets.

The ``bug-erceptor'' was seized in a DUI case and boasts a new paint job, sheriff's decals and tags, a siren, radio, barred rear side windows, a side-mounted spotlight and police lights.

The car even has the same number, 53, as Herbie the Volkswagen race car in the movie ``The Love Bug.''

Garner said the car will be used mostly as a public relations tool for the department, making appearances in parades and at school events.

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Added: Mar-24-2008 
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Location: Maryville, Tennessee, United States (load item map)
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