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Gilbert police want $110,000 to replace equipment

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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2007 3:03 am | Updated: 7:20 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gilbert police are asking the town for $110,000 to replace a specially equipped truck and trailer destroyed soon after officers picked up the trailer at an Ohio manufacturer.

Two officers drove the truck to Ohio in September to pick up a trailer equipped for use in hostage and standoff negotiation situations, officials said.

Shortly after leaving the plant, a “weight distribution” problem with the trailer caused it to begin to roll over, taking the truck and the officers with it, Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marino said.

Both officers were taken to a hospital, one with a rib injury, Marino said.

No other vehicles or property was damaged in the incident, a town staff report states. But the truck and the trailer were totaled.

The trailer was originally scheduled to be completed in June, but concerns over weight distribution pushed that back until September, Marino said.

The Gilbert Town Council will consider approving funds to replace the truck and trailer. The town has reached a settlement with insurers of the vehicles, according to a staff report.

The council will discuss and vote on the funding request at its regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gilbert Municipal Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive.

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