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East McKeesport Adds Another Police Cruiser

By T.J. Martin
The Tube City Almanac
March 22, 2024
Posted in: East McKeesport News

East McKeesport Borough will be able to add a fourth vehicle to its police department after initially believing that an accident earlier this year would leave it stuck with only three.

One of the borough’s 2017 Ford Explorers was traveling to an accident scene with its lights and siren activated when it was broadsided. There were no injuries but the vehicle was totaled.

In February, Council President John Ekiert said due to the age of the vehicle, the insurance payment wouldn’t be enough to purchase a new police vehicle and the borough didn’t have the money in its budget for one.

But at its recent March monthly meeting, the board voted 7-0 to purchase a different 2017 Ford Explorer for $19,460 from Mosside Auto Sales in Wall.

Ekiert said the board received an insurance settlement of $21,000 for the totaled police vehicle. He said while the newly-purchased vehicle is the same model year as the one it will replace, it has just 70,000 miles on it while the one that was involved in the accident had approximately 130,000 miles on it when it was wrecked.

T.J. Martin is a freelance writer from Trafford whose work has also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Irwin Standard Observer.

Originally published March 22, 2024.

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