Belle Isle Police Department Chief John Tegg shows the newest
patrol car, a Smart Car, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. Belle Isle's new Police
Department may be small, but its patrol car is even smaller. It's a 2-seat Smart
Car, and it's designated number is .5. "It's .5 because is not quite a
full-sized car," Tegg said. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel / April
BELLE ISLE, FLORIDA - Police Chief John Tegg bends his 6-foot, 280-pound frame into the smallest official police car most folks have ever seen, pulling his knees up around the steering wheel until he can push back the seat. He insists that he's perfectly comfortable.
Along with formally introducing Belle Isle to its new police force this afternoon, Tegg is showing off the pride of the department -- what he says is the first Smart Car police vehicle.The fuel-sipping, diminutive two-seater looks more like a golf cart with lights and sirens than the sentry of the road.
"One fella told me he's not sure he'd pull over for this little thing," Tegg said. "I said you'd better if you know what's good for you."
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