Retired Pasadena police officer remembers his rookie years by restoring first patrol car

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In 1967, Police Officer Ted Saraf stepped into the Pasadena Police Department and fell in love with his first patrol car. A Dodge Coronet. It was a massive beast, with brakes that didn’t always work and seat belts that no one liked to use because they got tangled in their gun holsters. Saraf and his partner wore helmets for protection and when they found themselves in a pursuit he recalls bouncing so hard in the Coronet their heads would hit the roof of the car. “The first time I saw this car all I thought was “whoa”,” he said. “It…


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