DES MOINES, IA (KCCI/CNN) - Police chases are dangerous. Sometimes people get hurt or even killed.
But a new piece of technology may soon make police pursuits a thing of the past.
It's like something out of a James Bond movie.
A lid pops open in the grill and the tracking bullet shoots out and sticks to the back of the bad guy's car.
"If you had told me 16 years ago that I would have had a cannon on the front of my car, I wouldn't have believed it," said Tim Sieleman of the Iowa State Patrol.
Sieleman has deployed the tracker called Star Chase on a stolen car.
"People are usually so amped up with adrenaline or drugs or alcohol that they're not paying attention," Sieleman said. "It sounds like you've hit a piece of tread on the roadway."
Troopers were able to turn off their lights and end the chase. No injuries. No loss of life.
"At that point in time we shut it down, tracked him over into Omaha (Nebraska)," Sieleman said. "After they think the officer has disengaged, they will back down to normal speeds to blend in with traffic so they don't get noticed again."
It's an awesome tool, but one with a price tag. The system is $5,000 and each round is $500.
Troopers say it takes out the risk because it ends potentially life-threatening chases before they begin, increasing the chance the suspect ends up in custody.
"People who are thinking about running you get behind a state patrol car, you're not going to get away. You may get away for a little bit, but with Star Chase we will catch you," Sieleman said.
Sieleman's police vehicle is the only one in Iowa with the technology, but plans are underway for the state patrol to add at least five more soon.
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