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Fake cop scare sparks van hunt

POLICE are searching for a fake police van bearing flashing blue-and-red lights, used to pull over a motorist near Fernvale.

The motorist was driving along the Brisbane Valley Hwy after 5pm on Wednesday when the van pulled in behind with its lights flashing.

When the motorist pulled over, the van took off.

The van has not been spotted since.

Inspector Keith MacDonald said the incident left the motorist shaken and surprised.

"The motorist hadn't done anything wrong and was surprised by the fact he was being intercepted," he said.

It was a brazen act and they have got to realise their actions, if they continue, they are putting the public at risk.

"It was a brazen act and they have got to realise their actions, if they continue, they are putting the public at risk."

Insp MacDonald said the blue and red lights, synonymous with emergency service vehicles, evoked reactions from motorists.

Drivers impersonating officers put motorists' safety at risk.

"Emergency vehicles get priority position," he said.

The misuse of blue and red lights by members of the public could have dire consequences.

"The misuse of blue and red lights by members of the public could have dire consequences."

Insp MacDonald said police officers were required to carry identification, comprising a metal QPS badge and an identification card, complete with the officer's name, registered number and photograph.

A member of the public may ask to view an officer's QPS identification to verify the officer's credentials and can contact local police to verify an officer's details.

Insp MacDonald said police would like to speak with anyone who has information about the van.

He said the lights would be confiscated when police finished their investigation.

Anyone with information that could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers which they can do anonymously on 1800 333 000.

Alternatively, you can visit crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.

Police would like to remind motorists that if an unmarked vehicle has, or is attempting to pull them over, they should contact local police or Policelink to verify the identity of the vehicle.

If they fear for their safety, they should phone 000.

Topics:  brisbane valley highway, fernvale, police, queensland police service




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