Troopers were issued a 2010 Dodge Charger with a V-8 368 horsepower engine, and automatic transmission.
The Chargers are various colors, including some which are fully marked. The cars are specifically designed to withstand the rigors of police work and are equipped with interior emergency lighting, multi-directional radar and an electronic ticketing system.
The vehicles are part of the ongoing effort by ISP to reduce the number and severity of crashes on high risk roadways throughout the state, which is hoped to be accomplished through public education and strict traffic enforcement.
ISP has identified several primary causation factors related to motor vehicle crashes, including speeding, operating while intoxicated, disregarding a traffic control device, improper passing, following too closely, unsafe lane movement, and failure to yield.
The issued Chargers will support the state police mission of reducing such driving behavior, along with the ISP high-performance Ford Mustangs and Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
Trooper Joe Rutledge completed training unique to operating a high-performance vehicle and was issued the Charger to patrol the Terre Haute District, which is composed of Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay and Sullivan counties.
Rutledge is an eight-year veteran.