AN IPSWICH man posed as a police officer while chasing down and confronting another motorist in a road rage pursuit.
Ipswich Magistrates Court was told Simon Francis Jobson, 43, decided he "wanted to have words" with another driver who he said cut him off on South Station Rd, Raceview, on March 23 last year.
He began tailgating the car, driving his silver sedan as close as one metre from the rear of the other vehicle, while flashing his headlights and indicating for the other driver to pull over. The driver of the other car told police he saw Jobson talking on what looked like a radio.
Because of his action the driver believed Jobson was a police officer and pulled over. When Jobson got out of the car the other motorist saw he wasn't in uniform or acting like an officer and drove away.
Jobson got back in his car and followed the other car onto the Cunningham Hwy where he again started tailgating and flashing his lights. The other car again pulled over, with Jobson colliding with the car because he was following so closely.
The two got out of their cars and began a heated argument, with Jobson initially claiming he was a police officer and repeatedly asking the other driver for his particulars.
Jobson eventually admitted he wasn't an officer and the other driver noted Jobson's number plate and left the scene.
Yesterday he pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assuming the designation of a police officer, failing to comply with the duties of a driver in a crash, using a mobile phone while driving, and being a repeat unlicensed driver.
The court heard Jobson has been without a licence since 2001 and had twice previously been convicted of unlicensed driving.
He told the court he was "ashamed", and said he "never intend(s) to do it again".
However, Magistrate Aaron Simpson said he did not believe the behaviour was out of character for Jobson, who was convicted in 1995 for impersonating a fireman.
Jobson was given a one-month prison term suspended for the next year, fined $2000 and disqualified from holding a licence for the next six months.