A police car has been taken out of rotation, until repaired, after being driven through flooding during heavy June rains.
Poynette Police Chief Donald White said the damage was done on June 22 when an officer was investigating a report of flooding on Park Street and drove through the waterlogged area.
“He did go through the water and come out the other side but by then the damage was done,” White said at the July 1 village board meeting.
White said when the officer drove through the flooded street, water went through the air intake and was sucked into the engine of the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria. White said the engine will have to be replaced.
The average cost to replace police vehicles is $22,000-$30,000 depending on the equipment. Since the cost to fix the damaged engine is $5,500 White said the vehicle will be repaired and expects it back on the road this week.
The Village of Poynette Police Department currently has three squad cars, including a Ford Explorer. White said a policy could be changed to encourage officers to use the Explorer in bad weather since it sits higher than the sedans.
For more information on the Poynette Police Department visit www.poynette-wi.gov.