Police impersonation not funny ... and it's illegal



A 17-YEAR-old motorist has been caught impersonating police, by pulling over vehicles using a blue-light device mounted on his dash.

The New Year's Day prank backfired when angry Emerald victims dobbed him in to the real boys in blue.

Regional Traffic Co-ordinator, Inspector Lyle Mitchell, said the prankster, who had a passenger in the vehicle, alleg- edly travelled behind vehicles before activating the device.

The offence happened between midnight and 12.30am.

"Police intercepted him and located the blue light on the dash,'' Inspector Mitchell said.

"He was taken back to the station and interviewed where he made admissions.''

The man was given a notice to appear in court for pretending to be a police officer ? a Police Administration Act off-ence.

Inspector Mitchell said it was not a common offence.

"Not in recent times, but it has happened in the past,'' he said. "It's quite unusual and very fool-hardy.''

Central Queensland's holiday road toll yesterday stood at four.

A 20-year-old Gracemere motorcyclist, who had been in Rockhampton Hospital's intensive care unit after crashing his 250cc Honda on Gladstone Road on Sunday, was yesterday flown to a Brisbane hospital in a serious but stable condition.



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