September 18, 2013

Saco can replace only one of three destroyed cruisers

Chief Bradley Paul says insurance will cover only the book value of the cars, for a total of about $29,000.

The Associated Press

SACO — Saco's police chief says insurance money will cover only the cost of replacing one of the town's three police cruisers that were destroyed when a Massachusetts woman rammed them during a chase in July.

Chief Bradley Paul told the city council Monday that the insurance company has given the city the book value of the three cars, which is all it is obligated to do. The total compensation is nearly $29,000, enough to purchase and outfit one new cruiser.

The Journal Tribune reports that Paul says the department will make up for the loss of the other two cruisers by keeping two high-mileage vehicles for an additional year instead of retiring them.

He says the prospect of getting restitution from the Andover, Mass., woman is "fleeting," as she remains jailed.

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