- Just been hard stopped on the M62
So my car’s in the garage for a recall and in the meantime I’ve been given a rather nice little 240i to run about in. So far so normal.
So, this afternoon I’m coming west on the M62 and just past the M1 interchange and I’ve clocked the patrol car about 250m behind me keeping a steady distance, then another coming of the overpass, and another on a slip road, oh aye I think, I wonder who these guys are here for… Turns out it was me!!
Hard stop in lane 3.
They think the cars been nicked, then they realise that it may be cloned, then they tell me BMW have actually but the wrong number plate on the freaking car!!
Had to laugh… I’m at the garage getting it sorted.Posted 2 months ago
Wrightyson I thought so too at first but as the cops explained, once they think its nicked, they’ve no idea whats in the car, who I am, what I’ll do if they try to stop me… Safey in numbers is the safest thing all round for them, and everyone else.
Makes sense really, bloody scary at the time mind!Posted 2 months agoscudMember
Dealt years ago when i worked as a lawyer for a guy who lived near Leeds who had a Yamaha R1 motorbike that had a custom plate worth more than the bike.
He was riding along one day and got hard stopped then surrounded by armed police with sub-machine guns, turned out that registration had been cloned and used in three armed robberies in London where someone had been beaten, said it made for an exciting day.Posted 2 months agobikebouySubscriber
All day, all night you keep an eye out for a copper when you need one..
Then when you don’t 3 turn up all at once 🤷♂️🥴🧟♂️
Maybe they were bored, hard stopping in lane three means more to them than you… think of the report and stories they will be able to dine out on for years and years and bore everyone in earshot too.
Glad you are safe, it’s a bit of an adventure and puts you in a position where you’re not quite sure of your own actions.Posted 2 months ago
I know of an arms dealer whose car was stolen. The kids responsible were merrily zooming around London in it, utterly ignorant of the (full) gun-safe in the boot until they were hard-stopped by the armed police. Quickest car recovery ever by all accounts…
Leaving guns in the car? That’s a loss of license isn’t it?Posted 2 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
I’ve had similar on the A3 in Surrey!
Middle of the day, going somewhere for work, doing 55-60 (zero hurry, I’m on the clock), not bothering to overtake another car ahead of me. Then I clock the police car behind me. Then another, then another! So I assume it’s nothing to do with me but not wanting to give them any reason I get back upto 70 and overtake whoever it is dawdling in front. Then they box them in and stop them!Posted 2 months agotheotherjonvSubscriber
I had the same in my early 20’s; me and 3 mates all loaded up on our way from Clapham to Gatwick for a stupid early flight for the boys’ ski trip. We’d taken a wrong turn somewhere (no satnav in them days) and already done a u-turn, when a full blue lighted unmarked car came towards us when we were stopped at some lights….I said ‘they’re in a hurry’ which was when they pulled across the front of us; another appeared from a side road and boxed us in, and before we knew what was on all doors were being pulled open and we’re being dragged out!
Fair shat ourselves, answered a few quick questions with hands on our heads while knelt down on the sopping wet tarmac at which the police attitude ‘softened’ a bit, realising they’d made a bit of an error and had been somewhat over zealous in their treatment of some young professionals.
They fumbled it a bit over ‘early hours, car loaded down, number plate indicates car from out of the area’ and accepted our story for the U-turn after seeing our tickets.
At which point we then had a blue light escort onto the A23 so we could make up the time we had lost rolling round in the oil and wet
Not fun……Posted 2 months agoandrewhMember
You should have floored it and said you thought it was a potential carjacking by pretend coppers…
Tricky. Almost happened to me. Turned of main A road at night into country lane, 200yrds later a man dressed all in black just stepped out of the hedge in front of me, pointed a large gun at me and motioned me to stop. First instinct is that it is a car jack, and to floor it and run him down.Posted 2 months ago
Just clocked the parked police van in the field gateway in the nick of time and didn’t actually run him over.
What would have happened if I did? His mates, who I hadn’t seen, would almost certainly have shot me.
Worst stop ever, nothing to indicate who he was if I hadn’t glimpsed the van out of the corner of my eye in the twilight. They had a quick look in my van, decided I wasn’t a deer poacher and let me go again, could have been nasty if I’d reacted differently.bailsSubscriber
Hard stop in lane 3 for a possible stolen car? That’s **** ridiculous! At least put the blues on and signal for you to pull over, yeah have the hard stop option available if the would be perp (you) were to make a dash for it but Christ it seems over the top!
I guess that once a 240i has made a dash for it it’s a bit late to try to get some diesel saloons in front of it.Posted 2 months agoscuttlerMember
OP keep an eye out for yourself on Dave in the next 10 years.
<Manc accent>”This doughnut on the M62 in a runaway Beemer didn’t know what had ‘it ‘im when ‘e got ‘ard stopped by three ‘o GMP’s finest. His own car was in for a recall and it was a case of mistaken identity. Back on ‘is way leaving a 10 mile tailback I reckon ‘e’ll be Total Recallin the doughnut at the service centre. Doughnut”</Manc accent>Posted 2 months agophiljuniorMember
550d is fractionally quicker to 60 than 240i, X5 50d fractionally slower, police pursuit drivers generally pretty handy too…
Some car thieves give significantly less of a shit about public safety and have similar driving skill to the police (not most, I’d freely admit – I remember chatting to a former joyrider once and some of the techniques he thought were of use would do nothing helpful whatsoever, but give a significantly higher chance of the car breaking).Posted 2 months ago
What is a “hard stop”? And a soft stop?
I’m not sure they call them a ‘soft stop’ but generally a Police Car will appear behind you’ lights flashing and sometimes siren going and you pull over to the next safe spot for a chat in the back of their car.
A “hard stop” usually involves 3 Police cars who’ll move as quickly as possible to form behind, in front and to your right (or left I guess in OPs case) the front car will brake quite hard forcing you to stop and ideally forcing you to move to the left, sometimes if they really mean it they’ll even smash all your windows with batons to distract you, come out guns drawn and very very occasionally in an ‘intelligence lead’ operation shoot you in the face if you do anything as stupid and as not have both hands on display when they do it.
Some hard stops, even when the person they’re stopping is innocent result in a crash, it’s meant to be an aggressive move to shock the driver into stopping and some people just don’t brake hard enough, you can’t really blame them, but as everyone is travelling in the same direction it’s rarely a bad crash.Posted 2 months ago
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