Ariz. state troopers use GPS tracking device StarChase during pursuit

A trooper successfully deployed the device and was later able to take the suspect into custody


By Suzanne Adams
Casa Grande Dispatch

STANFIELD, Ariz. — Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers used a GPS tracking system to follow a Phoenix man in a pursuit on Pinal freeways.

At around 10 a.m. on Oct. 5, a DPS trooper attempted to stop Edwards’ green Escalade near milepost 233 on westbound Interstate 10 for his windows being tinted too darkly. Edwards allegedly refused to stop for the officer’s marked patrol unit and accelerated to about 100 mph in a 75 mph zone.

The trooper deployed a StarChase GPS tracker and backed off the pursuit. The StarChase system can launch a GPS tracker from an officer’s vehicle that sticks to a suspect’s vehicle and relays the vehicle’s location, speed and direction to officers in near real time.

FULL STORY: DPS uses GPS tracker in Pinal pursuit

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