Police seize Jeep Cherokee straight out of James Bond
March 21, 2008
Every James Bond fan has a favorite Bond car, whether it's Connery's DB5 in Goldfinger with bullet-deflecting panels, Roger Moore's Lotus Esprit with optional submarine package, or even the latest movie's beautiful DBS. But authorities in Mexico have recently discovered a high-tech Bond car in the real world, built by a drug gang to escape police.
After a shoot out with gang members in the northern state of Tamaulipas (which borders Texas) local police seized a Jeep Cherokee that had been abandoned when it rammed a military truck. Authorities battling the drug cartels in Mexico are used to finding assault rifles and even rocket launchers in their work, but this Cherokee contained something new: installed in the SUV were a smoke machine and a device to shoot spikes out the back of the vehicle.
These weapons straight out of the 007 arsenal were presumably meant to foil police during an escape (hey, it worked against SPECTRE), but it isn't known whether they were ever actually used. Increasing pressure from Mexican police and the army have forced cartels to search for new ways to avoid capture, and undoubtedly more strangely-equipped cars will be tried by the bad guys. But thankfully, when it when it comes to high-speed chases an old Jeep Cherokee is definitely no DBS.