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Strange incident with police car

Discussion in 'Personal' started by anon8315, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    That is terrible, mandala1. I wish I had looked at the registration but I was far too scared. It could have been so dangerous. I realise I should not have tried to stop on a busy road but it's just instinctive when a police car is flashing its lights.
  2. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    I hope you feel better soon.
  3. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    You're maybe assuming that all the Police cars were working together. Maybe the fast moving group were on a completely different job to the one in front of the coaches, which sounds to me like it was escorting them and somehow got jumpy when you pulled in front. The fact that it didn't overtake means it wanted to stay in front of the coaches with a clear stretch of road ahead. I agree that flashing their lights was completely baffling for you, as it probably would have been for me.
  4. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    No, I know they weren't all together. The police car wasn't escorting the coaches as it was in front of them then I pulled in front of it and the coaches. It sped away from them when I stopped.
  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Maybe they got an urgent call at that exact moment. They certainly didn't make their intentions clear to you, that's for sure.
  6. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    They probably did but they had could have started flashing the siren and overtaken me immediately as the outside lane was clear [​IMG]
  7. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    You don't need the reg number of the police car if you want to complain - just send as many details as you can to the local office. They will investigate or tell you what was going on, as best they can. But keep in mind most traffic policing now is done by ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) and to do that the police need to get close to your car and follow until the data is sent and analysed. When it is dark or bad weather, this can be very tough for them to do, and the less clever of the police will indeed use the lights and siren to confuse you, get the reading as you slow down - then realise you are clear and go on their merry way. As a motorcyclist I am pretty used to recognising unmarked cop cars, and they often do this, tailgating me very, very dangerously for quite a while - then they blast past at silly speeds when the reading comes back clear (and of course I have been slowing them to 28mph so they could get the readings, which include speed, of course). You have every right to send a letter and get an explanation - it could even change the way they behave if it is found they did not follow guidelines.
  8. Sounds like they were just being idiots. They probably think you pulled out in front of them and sought to confuse and alarm you to return the favour. It should come as no surprise that the police service has both honourable officers and more than it's fair share of ******
  9. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    I had exactly the same happen to me Tuesday of this week going up the M5 Tuesday this week.
  10. Roughly when did this happen?
  11. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    Honestly leatherpatches, read the bl**dy post.

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