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Rage Car goes after dangerous, aggressive drivers

Posted at 5:32 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 01:17:25-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — There's a stealthy, souped up car the Pima County Sheriff's Department uses to go after aggressive drivers. It's called the Rage Car.

Just after 7 p.m., Deputy Douglas Mosman disappears into traffic. He's in the Rage Car -- the unmarked vehicle blends in with other cars on the road because it doesn't have government plates.

He's looking for aggressive and dangerous drivers.

"Since we're in an unmarked car, they're not going to be able to see us," Deputy Mosman said. "At first."

Just a few minutes in, he spots his first target. Deputy Mosman races to catch the driver of the car without headlights turned on, reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

The driver sees the lights and sirens and pulls over.

The process takes just a few minutes. Deputy Mosman runs the driver's license and registration, making sure everything checks out. The driver got off with a warning about the importance of turning on headlights at night. Deputy Mosman also works for the DUI Squad and says no headlights is often a sign of impairment.

After the first traffic stop, Deputy Mosman parked near Casino del Sol to look for speeders. There's radar detection in the front and back of the unmarked muscle car.

"What I look for is anything outside of 10 miles an hour," Deputy Mosman said. "I consider that a little bit egregious and I'll pull them over for that."

With his radar gun, he spotted a driver going 53 mph in a 40 mph zone.

The driver tried to tell Deputy Mosman she just left the casino and needed to use the bathroom, but the excuse didn't work. She was cited and received a reminder about driving safely.

While the Rage Car is one you don't want to see in your rear view mirror, Deputy Mosman uses each stop as an opportunity to educate drivers.

Because the Rage Car is unmarked, Deputy Mosman says it's not uncommon for drivers to call 911 to verify they're being pulled over by a legitimate law enforcement vehicle.