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INDIAN LAND – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s newest vehicle is equipped with blue lights, siren and a radio, and emblazoned with a reflective sheriff’s badge.
But instead of a Ford Crown Victoria or the newer Chevrolet Impala, this vehicle is a souped-up golf cart customized and donated by Indian Land’s Plum Quick Motors on Tillman Steen Road.
Carson Steen and his sons, Ricky and Robby, have operated Steen Products since 1981.
Steen Products specialized in specialty repairs for the textile industry, and within the last five years, Plum Quick Motors was born.
Plum Quick Motors specializes in creating custom golf carts and high-performance golf-cart motors.
“Golf carts are used for things other than golf,” Carson Steen said. “And for police departments and the sheriff’s office, electric golf carts could be used and save a lot of money in maintenance.”
Steen, who has lived in Indian Land since 1962, said the sheriff’s office will be able to use its golf carts at crowded events to create visibility. The cart may also be taken off-road, when a regular police cruiser cannot.
“The golf cart can fit in close spaces,” Steen said. “It can be a very useful tool.”
The late Don Jenkins, an Indian Land resident, donated the actual cart to Plum Quick Motors. Jenkins died Dec. 26.
“Don was a super guy and he did a lot for the community,” Steen said.
Steen said he wanted to do something for the county. In return, he knows his business will get a little free advertising when the sheriff’s office uses it at parades, high school ball games and other public events.
Steen brought the cart to the sheriff’s office on Feb. 27. The golf cart, with its custom features, is valued at about $7,000 or $8,000, Sheriff Barry Faile said.
“They just wanted to do something for the sheriff’s office,” Faile said. “It feels good to know people care enough to donate something like that.”
Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (803) 283-1151