L-Plater Arrested For Driving Fake Emergency Services Truck
Police have arrested a teenager who allegedly modified a truck to look like an emergency services vehicle and terrorised motorists in Melbourne.
They believe that the 16-year-old teen from Brighton altered the truck himself by installing red and blue flashing lights, an emergency siren and a spotlight to the vehicle.
Detectives from the Heavy Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit became aware of the fake emergency vehicle after seeing a video online of it weaving through traffic and flashing emergency lights.
Motorists thought the truck was so convincing that they began pulling over to make room for the truck as it blasted it's siren.
The L-plate driver took the stunt so far that police say he responded to real car accidents and actually stopped to assist the people involved in the crashes.
"He doesn't have any qualifications that would allow him to breach the road rules so it's a bit of a recipe for disaster," Senior Constable Fritz Ebert said about the incident.
Police believe the truck was mostly driven around St Kilda and Elwood in Melbourne.
The teenager was arrested yesterday afternoon and is believed to be charged with reckless conduct endangering people. Police now wish to speak with the boy's parents.
The truck, which Victoria Police believe is worth over $100,000 with all of its modifications, has been confiscated.