Police hunt bogus Coast cop

SUNSHINE Coast police have joined the hunt for bogus cops after a motorist was pulled over and asked to produce his driver’s licence.

Police are investigating a report that a late model maroon Commodore sedan with “flashing red and blue lights” intercepted a motorist on Sunshine Beach Drive.

The incident, which happened about 7.30 on Monday, comes only two weeks after several similar dramas in Brisbane.

Police fear the phoney police officer may be stealing personal details of the drivers he targets.

A Queensland Police spokesman said the man driving the vehicle did not identify himself as a police officer, he did ask to see the motorist’s driver’s licence.

Sunshine Coast police were unavailable for comment on the incident at Sunshine Beach yesterday.

Queensland Police last night however confirmed they are investigating

“At 7.30pm a late model maroon commodore sedan with flashing red and blue lights on the dash board intercepted a motorist on Sunshine Beach Drive,” police said.

“A man got out of the vehicle, approached the driver and asked for his driver’s licence.”

Police said the motorist became suspicious of the man due to the late model vehicle and the man’s demeanour.

“(He) asked for his identification at which time the man returned to his vehicle and drove away,” police said.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of a slim build and in his 30s and was wearing jeans and a polo shirt at the time of the incident.

Police are already investigating recent reports of phoney police intercepts in Brisbane, but these incidents involved a white Holden Commodore with flashing lights on its roof.

Intercepts have occurred in Coorparoo, Cleveland, Thornlands and Aspley since February 14.

On all occasions the male driver acted like a police officer and approached the motorists requesting documentation such as a driver's licence

No one has been injured in any of the incidents, but several of the Brisbane drivers targeted were women.

Queensland Police say all on duty police officers, whether in plain clothes or in uniform, are required to carry official QPS police identification being a metal QPS badge and an identification card with name, registered number and photograph.

Police say members of the public can ask to view police identification to verify credentials.

A QPS statement said motorists who believe they have been targeted can fine refuge in their secured vehicle in a well lit area or find a place among members of the public.

Motorists who believe they have been targeted by police impostors should call Triple Zero.

Anyone who has information in relation to the Sunshine Beach incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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