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Dodge Charger Pursuit Becoming Pick For Many Police Departments

A man looks through the window of a Dodge Charger Pursuit on display at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, on November 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.(Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

A man looks through the window of a Dodge Charger Pursuit on display at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, on November 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.(Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) — Some local police departments have found an eye-catching replacement for their aging police cruisers.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the Dodge Charger Pursuit is not your father’s police squad car, and for a lot of local police departments, it is becoming the replacement for the Crown Victoria – for which Ford stopped taking orders last year.

The appearance is that of a 1970s muscle car, and so is the performance – with a top speed of about 150 mph.

The Daily Herald reports the addition of the Pursuit in some suburbs has had the unintended consequence of getting people talking with police, with the car as a conversation starter.

The Illinois State Police have some of the Pursuits, as do the Indiana State Police, which you wouldn’t recognize as a police vehicle until you see the blue lights carefully hidden within the grille and the windshield.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports