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Czech police turn criminal's Ferrari into patrol car



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What do police do with cars taken from criminals? Police in the Czech Republic have come up with a good idea for high-powered sports cars. They turned a criminal's Ferrari into a patrol car. The Ferrari 458 Italia is now part of the Czech Police's fleet of cars. It was almost brand new when they took it from a criminal. It only had 1,900 km on the clock. The same kind of car usually sells for around $275,000. The force spent around $14,000 to turn it into a police car. It was originally Ferrari red in colour, but the police repainted it yellow and blue. These are the colours of police cars in Czechia. They also fitted it with fluorescent stripes, cameras, a radio, a siren, and flashing police lights on the roof.

A police spokesperson said they would use the Ferrari in high-speed chases. He said it would be able to catch any joyrider on the roads. Police will also pursue drivers taking part in illegal road races. The spokesperson added that the car would be used against some of the country's "most aggressive" criminals on the roads. Police in Czechia seize many vehicles from criminals each year. They sell most of them and give the money to victims of traffic crimes. They turn others into patrol cars. The Ferrari is the most luxurious to become a patrol car. Czechia has a long way to go to match Dubai's fleet of supercars. Dubai police get to drive Lamborghinis, Bugattis and an Aston Martin to keep their roads safer.

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