9News have today reported on a British man posing as a police officer. The man was caught when he stopped a real police officer for speeding.
Jonathon Weekes had placed a flashing blue light on top of his vehicle as began patrolling the streets, tricking drivers into pulling over.
Mr Weekes was shocked when he approached the car to find a fully uniformed police officer sitting in the driver’s seat. He approached the officer and allegedly said “If you had been going any faster I would have booked you.” Weekes then provided the officer with a false collar number and base station.
Police traced Mr Weekes’ identity from the number plate of his rental car and he was arrested at his home. Upon his arrest police uncovered a stash of police paraphernalia including uniforms, batons and handcuffs purchased on eBay.
Mr Weekes has been fined 145 pounds, suspended from driving for six (6) months and ordered to complete twelve (12) months of community service.
If you were to impersonate a Police Officer in Australia the penalties are far more severe and you could face imprisonment for two (2) years or a fine of $1,000.00, or both. If you impersonated an officer with the intent of deceiving then you could face up to seven (7) years in prison.
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