Man Stopped on I-495 for Speeding After Buying Used Police Car
RAYNHAM — One Massachusetts State Police Trooper found out during a Wednesday night traffic stop that police officers really can expect to see anything.
In a post to Facebook, Massachusetts State Police say while conducting speed and traffic enforcement during the evening commute on Interstate 495 north in Raynham, Trooper Chris Kaszyk recorded a Chevrolet Caprice traveling 96 mph and made a traffic stop.
After pulling the car over, Trooper Kaszyk noted the car featured a grill and a light bar that made the vehicle appear as an undercover police cruiser. In addition to the excessive speed, Trooper Kaszyk was concerned that the vehicle appeared to be a police car and could be used by someone wanting to impersonate an officer.
Upon further investigation, Trooper Kasyzk determined that the electronics inside the vehicle had been removed, all power to the light bar was disconnected, and there were no switches inside the car to activate the lights. None of the lights had blue lenses, but were clear LEDs.
The operator, a 57-year-old Mansfield man, stated that he purchased the vehicle at auction from a used car dealership. There was no evidence that he was trying to impersonate a police officer.
Trooper Kaszyk issued the driver a citation for speeding, which carried a $315 fine, and will notify Mansfield Police to make sure they are aware of the presence of the vehicle in their town.
To cap off the post, Massachusetts State Police said, “Once again, a traffic stop proves you never know what you are going to see.”