Czech police have new weapon to fight crime - a Ferrari patrol car

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Czech police have converted a Ferrari they seized from criminals into a patrol car capable of speeds of up to 200 mph.

The 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia's colour has been changed from its traditional racing red to silver with yellow and blue reflective stripes. They also mounted a panel of lights on top.

The super police car will be used by trained officers to chase down joyriders in stolen cars and to crack down on illegal road races.

On the market, a similar model can cost £150,000, but the modifications cost £10,300 - roughly the same as a new Skoda hatchback.

In a statement on its first day of service on Friday, a police spokesperson said: "It used to serve criminals, now it will protect Czech roads. What are we talking about? Today, a new special in the colours of the Police of the Czech Republic - Ferrari F 142 - 458 Italia - begins its service. The vehicle will be deployed against the most aggressive drivers on Czech highways when chasing stolen vehicles or during surveillance at the locations of reported tuning events."

Col. Jiri Zly, director of the traffic police service, added: "The vehicle will be used in a nationwide unit and we are counting on its deployment against the most aggressive pirates of Czech roads. We can also use its potential when chasing stolen vehicles that pass through our territory to neighbouring countries. The range of tasks that the vehicle will perform is really wide."

The Ferrari only has 1,242 miles (2,000 km) on the clock and a top speed of 203 mph.

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