AUSTIN, TX — Three Austin police officers are suffering long-term effects from carbon monoxide poisoning that they believe came from their police vehicles, according to the Austin Police Department’s union president.
“This whole thing has been a disaster from the beginning,” said Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association. “Even though we’re thankful the department took the vehicles offline when they did, it was obvious that it should’ve been done sooner.”
Austin police became aware of the vehicles’ carbon monoxide issues earlier this year. In response, the Police Department first installed carbon monoxide detectors in the vehicles; it later took all the affected models — known as Ford Police Interceptors — off the road.