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2009-12-04 08:17
Until earlier this week there was no better place to be a speed limit enforcing officer of the law than Italy.

The Italians are deeply patriotic. Unsurprisingly their police service operates (operated) two Lamborghini Gallardo supercars for high-speed pursuits, emergency organ transport and general traffic law enforcement.

Why do the police need two V10 powered supercars to keep tabs on speedsters when they have helicopters?

Well in Italy, the country obsessed with style and image, that is a particularly stupid question to ask…

All good and well, but is there an iPod jack in there somewhere?

LP560-4 comes to grief

Unfortunately the newer Gallardo, a LP560-4 which was acquired last year, had a little accident this week. 

The accident, which happened in Cremona, northern Italy, details two rather conflicting versions of an event which saw the LP560-4 add a Mercedes-Benz A-Class to its front styling…

Police say the accident, in which the two elite police drivers operating the LP560-4 were injured, happened as the Gallardo swerved to avoid a driver who had just left a petrol station.

Witnesses say the 412kW supercar accelerated with intent before another car pulled out in front of it at said petrol station.

Despite boasting carbon-ceramic brakes the net result was one rather ruined Gallardo and a fairly substantial public relations disaster for the Italian police.

The other Gallardo, a 5l 2004 version which produces only 372kW, is still running around chasing down bad guys at high speed and delivering transplant organs across the country.

In the line of duty this supercar has racked up around 140 000km, which probably makes it the most used Gallardo in the world…

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