May 24, 1996 in Nation/World

Innocent Motorists Drive Over Spikes

Compiled From Wire Services

Innocent motorists got stung by the “stinger,” a 16-foot strip of 110 spikes police use to slow fleeing drivers.

Now the victims want the state to pay for their punctured tires.

State Police used the experimental device Monday in trying to stop a driver accused of leaving a gas station without paying. He missed the spikes, but eight passing cars ran over them, deflating a total of 20 tires.

Trooper Jan Wuchner blamed miscommunication between the officer in pursuit and the one setting out the spikes.

The suspect later surrendered.

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