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Are used patrol cars a risk to Spokane County deputies?

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The department's vehicle budget hasn't gone up in more than two years The department's vehicle budget hasn't gone up in more than two years
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

There's a new plan in place to save the Spokane County Sheriff's Office a little money. It's something they've never done before. They're getting used patrol cars. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich worries the savings comes with risk to his deputies.

Earlier this year, Sheriff Knezovich says a deputy crashed during a high-speed chase. His brakes seemingly gave out and he hit a tree. Unfortunately, the replacement vehicle might not be much better.

The used cars the department is buying are from other law enforcement agencies. They just bought two for a federal agency in Portland and roughly a dozen from Yakima.

"We're doing everything in our power to be fiscally responsible with the money that we are getting," Sheriff Knezovich said.

The department's vehicle budget hasn't gone up in more than two years. It's about $515,000 for the entire fleet, so cutting corners is a must. Sheriff Knezovich just fears the savings could end up costing the county the ultimate price.

Sheriff Knezovich is requesting an additional $235,000 from the county for the department's fleet budget. 

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