Lincolnshire

Fake policeman targeted 'bad drivers' in Lincoln

Tritton Road Image copyright Google
Image caption Walster committed the offences in the Tritton Road area of the city between November and January

A man repeatedly pretended to be a police officer in order to stop motorists he thought were driving badly, a court has heard.

Aydn Walster, from Lincoln, admitted impersonating an officer and stopping motorists by using a blue flashing light on the dashboard of his Saab 93.

The 22-year-old, of Benson Crescent, also stopped motorists he thought were breaking the speed limit.

Lincoln Magistrates' Court fined him £835, plus £85 costs.

Walster pleaded guilty to three counts of acting falsely to suggest he was a police officer and two counts of using a vehicle fitted with a blue flashing warning light.

'Hefty penalties'

He committed the offences in the Tritton Road area of the city between November 2014 and January 2015.

The court heard he stopped a number of people he judged to be poor drivers, telling them he was a police officer and taking their details in a notebook.

PC Robert McGhee, of Lincolnshire Police, said: "Impersonating an officer carries hefty penalties for good reason."

He said police officers were highly trained, had a thorough knowledge of the law and were used to dealing with many different situations.

"The police take a very dim view of anyone acting in this fashion," he added.

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