Road rage cop? Blue light bandit? You tell us.

Road rage cop? Blue light bandit? You tell us.

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by STUART WATSON / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 6:42 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A viewer sent NewsChannel 36 the video you’ll see in the video below. It seems to show one of two things–neither good. Either it’s a cop using his unmarked vehicle and blue lights to vent some road rage or a so-called “blue light bandit” who is not a law enforcement officer but illegally using blue lights. That’s a felony in North Carolina.

The video seems to show an unmarked late model black Dodge Charger speeding erratically and then pulling over an SUV on Interstate 77 southbound at the I-485 off ramp, then speeding away. The tipster said he recorded the incident on Sunday afternoon (May 20, 2012) around 3:40 p.m.

First the Charger appears to travels over 80 miles an hour in a stretch of Interstate 77 near Tryon, Tyvola and Arrowood, where the speed limit is 55 mph. Once the Charger catches up with the SUV, the driver pulls in front of the SUV and then taps his brakes.  The SUV passes the Charger in the left passing lane. Then the Charger pulls over the SUV, and when the sport utility vehicle stops off at the I-485 off ramp before the flyover, the Charger speeds away up the I-485 flyover.

The tipster followed the Charger off of I-485 onto Johnston Road southbound, recording video intermittently along the way. The Charger apparently turned left onto Providence Road West where the tipster breaks off his pursuit as the Charger turns south onto Old Ardrey Kell Road, outrunning him at a high rate of speed.

CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano forwarded  a copy of North Carolina General Statutes, which show that using a blue light to pull over a vehicle is a felony.  NCGS 14-277 (b)(5) reads in part that a person:

“Unlawfully operating a vehicle on a public street…equipped with an operating blue light …to cause a reasonable person…to stop his vehicle…” is subject to a Class H felony.
Neither the North Carolina State Highway Patrol nor the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department could find a record of the license plate number recorded by the tipster in the video and in a subsequent e-mail.

So we’re asking you.

Do you recognize a late model, black Dodge Charger with a license plate similar to XXK 8016? One or two of those digits may be wrong.  But if you recognize this description, shoot us an e-mail at iteam@wcnc.com and we’ll pass it along to the Highway Patrol.

We’ll also let you know what we find, of course.

Click here to watch the video.  Caution, the video contains language not suitable for all ages.

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