About an hour ago i was driving up the M5 towards the M6, weather was a bit shit, rain, spray etc. I overtake some cars, pull into middle lane, drive a wee bit further indicate pull out into 3rd lane to overtake – repeat a few times. On pulling out the 3rd time a volvo comes right up behind me and puts his full beam on, so i put on my fog lights to let him see my lights are also working (prikc) Road goes down to two lanes and the nobber tailgating me decides to put on his dash mounted blue flashing light, i pull over where it is safe and he comes running up to my car as i open the door. He says ” Do you think it is smart to be pulling in and out of the lanes in this weather? I should take your licence of you now you fuKKcing idiot and take it back to the office. Now fcck off” he then ran back to his car. Looked a bit scruffy for a cop, cheap nasty shirt and tie. Car was a blue Volvo saloon, with those cheap bluish headlight bulbs in them. Let off for me, or do you think anyone would have the bollocks to pretend to be a cop, bit dodgy trying it on the M5 / M6 Junction.Posted 9 years agoBadgerMember
Reg number and report to the IPCC – Police are public servants – they’re not supposed to swear at the public as that brings the police force into disrepute – his sergent will give him a boll*cking if he can be arsed.
Alternatively if it was someone pretending then you just performed a public service and they get nicked for impersonating a Police Officer, as well as illegally detaining you (the former is a very serrious offense with fairly hefty penalties).
BadgerPosted 9 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
an interesting tactic Gary, why not add fail to stop to your rap sheet
A tricky one that, but I can see where he is coming from. But what are you suppose to do ? If I had any doubt I’d not stop, probably go to a safe (public) place & call the plod myself. I doubt the fail to stop thing would stand up in court if you did that.Posted 9 years agofatsimon mk2Member
be surprised if it was a real copper as putting full beam on you is not a police tatic when driving as its likly to lead to you losing control and crashing or causing a crash a real copper would put the blue lights on that are mounted in the grill(never seen one with dash mounted lights since the 70s)and the main light flash alternate with the blue lights, call the local nick and report the joker before he does something worse than pull someone over (i.e lone women)Posted 9 years agoGary_CMember
mrmichaelwright:Didn’t want to send a long winded reply originally,but takisawa sums it up for me.Posted 9 years ago
Also,when I said “just carry on driving”,do just that,nornally,not bombing off up the road like some wally.If the cops behind are genuine,a battenburg will soon be behind you asking you to pull in.SmeeMember
No chance in hell they are a copper. A traffic cop would know a bit more about good driving than that.
You are well within your rights to keep going to what you deem to be a safe place before pulling in regardless of the police car markings or distance to that safe place.Posted 9 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
I’d be more concerned about the tailgating than the language and report him for that. Driving like that in this weather. You should have taken his licence off him there and then! Either way, if you report it and it’s a fake, the police will want to know and if it’s not a fake, he deserves a slapping from his superior for driving like that. Also, if it’s real, the events as viewed from the car will be recorded.Posted 9 years agodjgloverMember
I’ve been pulled by an unmarked, un uniformed cop in that area.
I was a Jag, and had the blue lights behind the grill, Officer was obviosly reasonably senior.
I had just undertaken him at 90, him on the outside lane trying to slow me down, was about 6:30am on a SundayPosted 9 years agobrackMember
Prob just a sad bugger who like to liven up his sad and lonely existance by blue light ego trippin.
We used to have a right sad git locally who went to the trouble of fully marking his Volvo T5 estate in paramedic response car livery….with blue lights and the works.
Got caught out by radio hamming and responding to a 999 medical hoax call/trap set up by the police….would love to have been there!!Posted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
If they used the flashy lights as a way of pulling you over and extracting cash from you then that would make sense but just to pull over to shout **** off seems strange to me.
A couple of acquaintances of mine have fake blue lights under grille that they use to a) clear traffic out of the way when wanting to get somewhere at high speed and b) scare people into pulling over when they’ve pee’d them off. Dont think either have actually stopped and got out, but give them a few years and high blood pressure and I’m sure they’ll progress to it!Posted 9 years ago
The correct response would be: “Swear at me again and I will arrest you under Section 5 of the Public Disorder Act. You’ve been warned.”
LOL! That would get you a quick trip to a cell, where you’d sit and stew for several hours. Have you ever dealt with any real police? I’d like to see you try that with CoL anti-terror squad. Some of them are right nasty buggers.
Sounds like a STW forum member to me
So, an even Greater Authority than the Police, then?Posted 9 years agomeehajaMember
MAte of mine got a blue light flash from an unmarked car, dodgy area in town, late at night, scruffy looking driver. refused to pull over and headed to nearest police station stating that h was being followed by an unmarked car, drving aggressivley close, speeding up to his bumper and slowing down etc.
turned out to be some obscure invetigative unit on a power trip who got a stern telling off from the desk sgt.Posted 9 years agoTenMenMember
As a copper myself, can I say:Posted 9 years ago
a) If the police aren’t in a marked car, they shouldn’t be pulling you over
b) We all wear scruffy shirts, so no clues there
c) Covert blue lights are generally in the front grilles, not the ‘Â£5 from eBay’ dash-board mounted style.
I think it’s likely that it was some Walter Mitty type who pulled you up, which is quite scarey in itself. But even if it was a real police officer, they shouldn’t speak to you like that and deserve a b0llocking for doing so.coffeekingMember
Tenmen – you see loads of cars pulled up by unmarked cars on “stop – police” and “the UKs wildest chicken runs” documentaries? They even go hunting for stolen cars in them? And I’m fairly sure my dad has been pulled by an unmarked green car.
And realistic looking blue grille lights can be had for Â£15ish.
Still, i’d be wary of pulling for an unmarked car, I’d probably wait until I was joined by a marked one which wouldn’t be too long I’m sure! Might be a whole heap of trouble by that point too!Posted 9 years ago
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