BALTIMORE, Sept. 22 (UPI) — The Baltimore Police Department said at least 70 patrol cars have broken down, possibly after being filled with diesel fuel from a city pump.
Officials said they are testing the fuel and the cars, which represent about one third of the department’s fleet, to determine the exact cause of the problem, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.
Investigators said they are looking into the possibility that the unleaded tank at the city-run Fallsway substation was mistakenly filled with diesel fuel.
Khalil Zaied, director of general services, said problems were first noticed with the cars Sunday afternoon and vehicles were diverted from the Fallsway station starting at about 5 p.m. He said about 15 of the damaged cars had been repaired thus far.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers were doubling up in working patrol cars and activating administrative vehicles to handle calls.
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