A NEWSPAPER delivery driver has been attacked by two men impersonating traffic police on the Gold Coast, the third victim in a fortnight.
It’s alleged the 24-year-old delivery driver was driving down Anne Street, Southport when he noticed red and blue flashing lights in his rear vision mirror around 4.30am on Thursday.
He pulled over and was approached by a male passenger of the white 4WD dual cab utility who allegedly sprayed him with abuse, repeatedly punched him in the neck and reportedly tasered him.
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Police are concerned at the behaviour and say it’s the third reported case this month.
On Mother’s Day, a man driving a stolen blue Holden Commodore sedan ‘pulled over’ an off-duty police officer on Christine Avenue, Varsity Lakes after activating a red and blue strobe light located in the grill area of his vehicle.
The driver of the impersonating vehicle sped off prior to approaching the ‘pulled over’ car.
The first case occurred around 10pm on Saturday May 3 when a 54-year-old woman driving along Bundall Road was ‘pulled over’ by a car which sounded a siren and activated red and blue flashing lights.
Two men allegedly approached the woman’s car and began shouting before the woman’s 64-year-old male passenger stepped in.
He was then punched in the face by one of the men before they both fled in a “silver blue coloured car”.
Any motorist who believes the unmarked vehicle attempting to intercept them is not a police vehicle is urged to contact local police or if they fear for their safety to call Triple Zero (000), to verify the identity of the vehicle or the person.
Police said all on-duty police officers, whether in plain clothes or uniform, are required to carry official QPS identification, comprising a metal QPS badge and an identification card, complete with the officer’s name, registered number and photograph.
A member of the public may ask to view an officer’s QPS identification to verify the officer’s credentials and can contact local police to verify an officer’s details.
The penalty for impersonating a public official carries a maximum term of three years imprisonment.
Should a motorist find themselves in this situation they can:
- Stop at a place they feel safe, such as a well lit area or an area with other people;
- Keep their doors locked and windows closed;
- Request to see the person’s police identification; and
- Advise the person they are calling police to verify their identity.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.