squad car


Definition of squad car

: a police automobile connected with headquarters by a two-way radio

called also black-and-white, cruiser, prowl car

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During the investigation at the Concerto Lane incident, a possibly drunken driver hit a squad car near where the shooting occurred. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "2 men wounded in separate shootings blocks apart in Oak Cliff, police say," 2 Aug. 2019 The push to strengthen Scott’s Law came amid a spike in collisions involving Illinois State Police squad cars this year. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, "After deaths of two state troopers, new law ratchets up fines for drivers who don’t slow down or move over for emergency vehicles," 30 July 2019 An 18-year-old driver, suspected of DWI, reportedly struck the two HCSO patrol cars and grazed another HPD squad car, according to Sheriff Gonzales. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Deputies injured after a suspected teen drunk driver strikes patrol cars," 28 July 2019 The response required pulling one squad car from each of the city’s 77 precincts — a difficult task on a Saturday night, Mr. O’Neill said. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Blackout: Con Edison Apologizes, but Offers Few Clues About ‘Root Cause’," 14 July 2019 More than a dozen squad cars were dispatched to the area, and Loop 12 was blocked off in both directions at Cranfill Drive. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Police kill gunman who jumped out from behind dumpster, opened fire in Oak Cliff," 13 July 2019 Numerous people were in the park at the time and his behavior prompted eight squad cars to arrive at the park. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A West Allis police officer caught a naked man in a sexual act inside a McCarty Park bathroom, complaint says," 9 July 2019 Officer Christopher Moulton, 25 of Orlando, was traveling south at around 9:54 p.m. on Westmoreland Drive and approaching Michigan Street in a marked squad car, watch commander Lt. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando officer involved in crash," 24 June 2019 VasquezLopez tried to leave the scene as police were arriving, authorities said, and rammed a squad car in the getaway. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Man driving stolen car hit woman intentionally, Menlo Park police say," 8 June 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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