patrol car

noun

: a police automobile connected with headquarters by a two-way radio or computer : squad car
Placing an unarmed, compliant juvenile in the back of a patrol car transformed an investigatory stop into an arrest, the 9th Circuit held Aug. 24.The National Law Journal

Examples of patrol car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police said the rock resembled one investigators found under the freeway where McKinney’s patrol car was struck and damaged. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2024 The driver of the SUV struck by the patrol car was also treated at a hospital and released, while the elderly driver of the gold Lexus was uninjured in the crash, FOX11 reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 30 May 2024 During the chase, a sheriff’s patrol car was involved in a crash with two motorists, officials said. Paloma Chavez, Sacramento Bee, 28 May 2024 Small then walked away to talk to Baltimore Police officers and Johns Hopkins security guards, but soon returned to the patrol car, where officers were telling the man to stop hitting the window. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb. 2024 Officer Michael McKinney was driving a patrol car on Carlsbad Village Drive, headed under Interstate 5, when a rock struck the vehicle, destroying its spotlight and damaging the windshield, police said. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2024 Two women were struck and injured by a Daytona Beach safety patrol car while sunbathing on Monday, May 27, 2024. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 29 May 2024 The department said a deputy was at a red light near the intersection when a large crowd swarmed his patrol car and began kicking and punching it. Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2024 Holley, a 39-year-old mother of four, was sitting in her patrol car while working an overtime shift in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood when she was ambushed and shot in the 4400 block of Pennington Avenue. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patrol car was in 1926

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“Patrol car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patrol%20car. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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