The Hermosa City Council Tuesday voted 4-0 to buy a $31,000 vehicle for use as an undercover cop car.
The former undercover police vehicle was totaled in a July 23 freeway crash that caused major front-end damage.
At the time, the detective was on the tail of a known narcotics trafficker, the staff report indicates, but it was unclear whether the suspect was also involved in the crash.
There was no information on whether any arrests were made either.
Estimates for repair ranged from $10,000 to $12,000; the vehicle was a 2012 Dodge Caravan with 36,850 miles on it, the report indicates.
According to three repair shops consulted by the city, if a claim were to be turned into an insurance company, the vehicle would have been declared a total loss, the staff report reads.
The Kelly Blue Book value on it would have garnered a return in the range of $13,425 to $14, 975, according to the staff report.
Staff recommended to the council that the vehicle not be repaired but instead sold at auction, the sale money to be placed in the asset forfeiture fund.
The new vehicle would be equipped with "heavy duty brakes and suspension that would handle the type of driving needed for the undercover surveillance the detective is involved in," the staff report reads.
An Hermosa police sergeant told Patch he had no information on the undercover operation or the crash; the detective was most likely working with a task force, the sergeant said.