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Teen fits car with lights and sirens to pose as cop

A TEENAGE motorist fitted his car with police lights and sirens so he could pull people over as a prank.

The lark had its sequel in Ipswich Magistrates Court where Cody Allan Morrow pleaded guilty to assuming the description of a police officer.

The 17-year-old had equipped his white Holden Commodore with blue LED lights, similar to those used in unmarked police vehicles.

A megaphone was installed under the bonnet, which was hardwired to a siren button on the dashboard.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Donnelly said Morrow made a series of fake traffic stops in Sadliers Crossing and Woodend on September 15.

Sgt Donnelly said Morrow would activate the lights and sirens and then speed off when the driver in front of him pulled over.

Morrow was also charged with other traffic offences on the previous day, the court was told.

Sgt Donnelly said the Ipswich fencer was caught doing burnouts, donuts and other hooning behaviour.

When police pulled him over they found a small container holding cannabis.

He pleaded guilty to possessing the drugs, dangerous operation of a vehicle and wilfully making unnecessary noise or smoke.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough described the offences as "immature stupidity".

"Morrow clearly didn't think before he embarked on this course of conduct. Apparently he was trying to impress someone," he said.

Mr Fairclough said Morrow had been previously diagnosed with some mental health issues and had a tendency to act impulsively.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said Morrow could have injured or killed himself - or his passengers - through his "stupid" driving behaviour.

Mr Cosgrove said masquerading as a police car was also a serious offence.

"People who assume designation of a police officer usually do so for nefarious purposes," he said.

"If members of the community start to believe they can't trust the flashing blue lights and siren then there will be consequences."

Morrow was fined $800 for all charges. He was also disqualified from driving for six months and put on six months probation.

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