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Fake cop who had 19 'explosives' in car fined $3500

WHEN Glyn William Newton was intercepted driving at high speeds and flashing red and blue police- style lights at cars it was the start of a "perfect storm."

Newton, 30, was intercepted by police at Wacol on the night of Friday, February 21 after multiple reports of a blue Ford Falcon flashing red and blue lights and driving past them at speeds up to 135kmh eastbound from Toowoomba on the Warrego Hwy.

They searched the car and found the lights attached to the front and rear dashboard.

During the search they also found a large vitamin canister wrapped in tape in the rear footwell, two imitation police hats, an imitation police badge, and an extendable baton.

Newton told police the container wrapped in tape was fireworks he had made himself and there were more in a tool box in the boot.

He told police on the scene he had an interest in pyrotechnics and "liked the colour in the sky".

The bomb squad was called to Wacol Station Rd, where he was intercepted, and the Ipswich Mwy shut down while the devices were examined. It remained closed for seven hours.

According to a report from a Queensland police bomb expert, the 19 explosives in the car had the potential to "cause extensive damage to the car and serious or fatal injuries to any occupants had the items exploded".

The items were detonated on the side of the road. A 20kg "bomb blanket", which was placed over three groups of the explosives, was blown up to 50m away by the force of each explosion.

Other officers attended Newton's McDowell home on Brisbane's northside where they found police equipment including shirts, epaulettes of several ranks, and crime scene tape.

Newton pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to unlawfully possessing a weapon, possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils, manufacturing explosives without consent, unauthorised transportation of explosives, receiving tainted property, and assuming the designation of a police officer.

The court heard Newton bought most of the police gear from eBay, with some of it meant to be used on the set of films, and the chemicals for the explosives from a specialist website. The court heard he had previously had aspirations to join the police force.

Defence lawyer Noel Barbi said Newton "stupidly collected" the police gear online.

Magistrate Donna McCallum said being caught for using the lights on the highway started a "perfect storm" for him.

"If the explosives had exploded there could have been a significant tragedy," she said.

She said the offending was out of character for Newton and she was "reasonably confident we'll never see you before court again".

He was fined $3500.

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