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Video: NY deputy deploys GPS device during pursuit

Dashcam video show the deputy firing a StarChase dart at the back of a fleeing vehicle

By The LCN Staff

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, N.Y. — A Rochester man is facing a driving while intoxicated charge following a pursuit on Interstate 390 in which the pursuing sheriff’s deputy deployed a GPS tracking dart on the vehicle, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Justin Hilt, while assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, responded Jan. 8 to a civilian complaint of a vehicle reported to be all over the road while traveling north on Interstate 390. The deputy located the vehicle and after observing violations of state Vehicle and Traffic Law activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The vehicle’s operator, later identified as Jeffrey F. Hoffmann, 71, failed to pull over, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Deputy did activate and deploy the patrol vehicle’s equipped StarChase unit, which is a projectile GPS dart that launches from the front of the patrol vehicle and sticks to the rear of the subject vehicle, which can then be tracked on a mapping program.

Following the StarChase deployment and dart striking the rear of the vehicle, the operator did immediately pull over, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Full story: Sheriff’s deputy’s pursuit on 390 ends with DWI charge