The Hermosa City Council on Tuesday will consider buying a new, $31,000 undercover police vehicle, using asset forfeiture funds.
The current undercover vehicle was totaled in a freeway crash on July 23, sustaining 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.
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 recommends 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.