A small Indiana town whose police chief elected to be shot with a stun gun to help raise money for a new police cruiser suddenly has more than enough squad cars to go around.
He can thank the Ridgeland Police Department.
Knightstown, Ind., police chief Danny Baker and three drivers picked up four free cruisers last week from the Ridgeland Police Department, which donated the Crown Victoria Interceptors.
Ridgeland police chief Richard Woods had read about Baker's fundraising gambit and decided to donate the cruisers, which he said "were basically sitting in our back storage lot."
"If he was willing to endure that kind of thing to raise a car, I thought it was the right thing to do," Woods told The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Times.
He said each of vehicles is road-worthy and has 100,000 miles or less mileage, but one needs work on its heater.
Baker said his fundraising stunt left his department with more than enough in pledges to buy a new cruiser and that it could be well on its way to affording a second.
Baker, 63, and another town official were shot by a stun gun Nov. 27 to raise $9,000 the town needed to lease a new cruiser. Baker, who suffered a torn rotator cuff from being stunned by the Taser's 50,000 volts, said the response to the stunt was "astronomical."
Each of Knightstown's three full-time officers could soon be assigned his own vehicle with others to spare, Baker said. He plans to equip three of the former Ridgeland cruisers with radios that his department already owns.
Woods, whose Ridgeland force numbers 15 officers, said he debated whether to donate the four cruisers to Knightstown, a community of about 2,200 residents, 25 miles east of Indianapolis.
"I wanted to do it very quietly ... no attention. They (Knightstown) have a need," he said.