"I'm commandeering your vehicle for official Police business!"

"I'm commandeering your vehicle for official Police business!"

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    "I'm commandeering your vehicle for official Police business!"

    OK we've all seen this in the movies and on TV many times. LEO needs a car to pursue a BG, and takes a citizen's car. Or maybe their cell phone to make an emergency call. Off topic but LE related question.

    So my question is, is there any statutory authority anywhere in the USA for an LEO to do this?
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    looking at the cruisers they have damaged daily.....id drop the keys in a sewer before id let a cop drive off in my car.
    but id be happy to drive him to his destination.

    bedsides, i can not ever remember a 'news story' that reported a citizens car being commandeered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claude clay View Post
    looking at the cruisers they have damaged daily.....id drop the keys in a sewer before id let a cop drive off in my car.
    but id be happy to drive him to his destination.

    bedsides, i can not ever remember a 'news story' that reported a citizens car being commandeered.
    I'm safe from that. Even from car-jackings... I drive a 1982 Honda Accord 5 Speed. NOBODY knows how to drive a 5 speed anymore. And, it doesn't go anywhere fast. And it sounds kinda like it's dying. (My exhaust broke, and I haven't fixed it)
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    It can be done, but only in the most extreme of emergencies. Wrecking a police car and "jacking" and passerby to continue the chase like in the movies just isn't going to fly. I have "commandeered" a phone before. But it was more like, "Excuse me ma'am, my radio battery is dead and I can't transmit. I need to check in with dispatch before they send the cavalry to look for me. Can I borrow your phone?" She said sure, I made the 20 second call and thanked her... but had it been a true life and death situation, I would have simply taken her phone if I needed too.
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    I just simply can't see this happening today.

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    I suspect that most departments have very stringent policies on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Not unless I'm doing the driving, Barney.

    snorted on that one... Thanks!
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    The idea of commandeering a vehicle, is so unrealistic that I never actually ever seen it written in policy or ever even heard of it being mentioned.
    Sort of like...in the event that a meteor strikes...do this...and this and this. It just aint in there.

    I can't lie and say that the thought has never crossed my mind though. Just the other day I had an "evil" thought. This super ugly truck, came right up on me at the one of the few stop signs in town. It was a hopped up redneck special, complete with big tires,multi colored paint scheme on the doors and hood and a bumper that was looking directly into my rear view mirror. Normally, I dont give such vehicles a second look but this one had some nuclear grade bass speakers thumping so loudly that it was making waves in my cup of sweet tea that I had in the cup holder.

    Had it been a recognizable tune, it probably wouldn't have been so bad....but it was far from it. It had some sort of head banger music going that was so terrible that in the few short seconds of listening to it, had me wanting to unload my riot shotgun into the speakers. Between the high pitched squeals that were actually enlargeing the cracks in my windshield to the low pitched blasts that felt like bombs going off in the Sandbox, the thought of "commandeering" that truck actually had appeal.

    I envisioned my self driving it to the local rock quarry and jumping out of it...right before it took the plunge into the rocks and water below and standing there looking down at it as it made its last trip, thus making the town a peaceful, quiet place to live once again.

    It's probably a good thing that we cant "commandeer" vehicles now that I think of it.
    I could see me getting in trouble with that eventually.
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    I need a new car. Please officer, commandeer mine!! Please!! I'll listen to my scanner and drive to crime scenes just in case you need a car.
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    It happened to my dad--car commandeered

    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    The idea of commandeering a vehicle, is so unrealistic that I never actually ever seen it written in policy or ever even heard of it being mentioned.
    Sometime long before I was born my dad had his car commandeered. Cop jumped onto the running board (1920s) and ordered him to chase another car. An arrest was made and my dad was compelled by subpoena to appear as a witness.

    That said, I've not heard of anything like that going on in more recent times.
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    Sometime long before I was born my dad had his car commandeered. Cop jumped onto the running board (1920s) and ordered him to chase another car. An arrest was made and my dad was compelled by subpoena to appear as a witness.

    That said, I've not heard of anything like that going on in more recent times.
    Back in those days, the thought of someone suing a buisness because they spilled hot coffee in their lap was unthinkable and never even considered.

    Can you imagine the outcry if that same thing had happened today and your father was killed in a crash because of that pursuit?
    It'd be on every news channel in the country and every internet bulletin board would be in major discussion over the details.
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    I have a relatively new car (to me), and you ain't gettin it unless you get me with it; and I get to shoot!
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