MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has added two new Chevrolet Tahoes to its fleet of motor vehicles.
Sheriff David Barber said the new four-wheel drive vehicles are replacing four Ford Explorers, which were used as trade-ins. Each of the Explorers had over 100,000 miles of use, and one of them had over 150,000 miles on it. Barber said he also had to replace an Impala which was totaled in an accident, but insurance covered all but about $5,000 of the $21,500 cost.
The Tahoes, Barber said, cost $29,612 apiece [the manufacturer’s sticker price is around $35,000 or higher]. They are complete with what Barber called the police package: They have larger alternators because of the lights and radios and other equipment; the suspension is different; they have calibrated speedometers; and other police features which are not standard for the average consumer.
Barber said that generally, as much as possible, the equipment from the retired vehicles, such as computers, is transferred to the new ones.