Grand Falls-Windsor man charged in bogus roadside stop incident

Published on May 18, 2017

Flashing lights were used in an incident near Springdale where RCMP say a Grand Falls-Windsor man was personating a peace officer and pulled over a couple travelling on the TCH.

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GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL-Zachary Davis, 19, of Grand Falls-Windsor has been arrested and charged with personating a peace officer in connection to a vehicle being pulled over on the Trans-Canada Highway

A RCMP press release stated that on May 16, Springdale RCMP received a complaint that a couple, driving near the Baie Verte Junction, had been pulled over by an unmarked police vehicle using flashing headlights and a red and blue light bar.

The driver of what appeared to be an unmarked police vehicle identified himself as being with a provincial security company and produced false identification with a Newfoundland and Labrador logo. He asked the driver for his license and vehicle registration and said he would let them off without a ticket for speeding because their registration was valid, the release noted.

The couple continued on their way but believed the incident to be suspicious and contacted police. Springdale RCMP quickly identified the suspect and he was arrested at a residence in Grand Falls-Windsor Wednesday afternoon.

Police are asking anyone who may have had a similar experience with a traffic stop or who has information that could assist investigators, to contact Springdale RCMP at 709-673-3864.

To remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP190 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637), or submit a web tip at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.