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State Patrol getting some Hemis

The Wisconsin State Patrol is adding some power under the hood.

In addition to the familiar Ford Crown Victoria cruisers the force will be adding Dodge Chargers and seven Dodge Magnums to their fleet.

Three new Chargers, all with V-6 engines, are ready for delivery to troopers at the Eau Claire, Fond du Lac and Tomah posts.

In a couple of months four more Chargers all with V-8 Hemi engines will be added. These new cars are heading to the posts at Wausau, Waukesha, Eau Claire and DeForest posts.

"The new vehicles provide excellent acceleration, handling and safety features," said Lt. David Pabst, State Patrol Fleet Program manager.

State Patrol officials say the new cars will be outfitted with mobile computer stations, radios and other specialized equipment before hitting the highways.

Five Magnum wagons with V-6 engines will be used by members of a new State Patrol Technical Reconstruction Unit, which is being organized for crash reconstructions and other specialized duties.

The DeForest Post recently received a V-6 Magnum, and the State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy also will receive a V-6 Magnum for recruiting purposes.

"We explored many options, and the Chargers and Magnums fit our needs very well. Adding Chargers and Magnums to our fleet also gives us another option when it's time to replace vehicles," Pabst said.

He added that like all state patrol vehicles, the performance and fuel economy of the new Chargers and Magnums will be evaluated as they are used in the field.