Comox Valley RCMP pull over motorcyclist for looking like police

Comox Valley RCMP pull over motorcyclist for looking like police
WatchThe man was riding a motorcycle that had extra lights and stickers that resulted in a member of the public calling police to complain.

A Comox Valley mountie pulled a man on a motorcycle over on Ryan Road beside the former Canadian Tire in Courtenay last Thursday.

The location was less than a block from the Comox Valley RCMP detachment where a complaint had been received from a member of the public concerning a man riding a motorcycle that looked similar to a police motorcycle.

“There was enough about it that made it look like a police vehicle,” said Const. Monika Terragni of the Comox Valley RCMP. “It was white like the ones we use and the helmet the driver was wearing was similar to what we wear. The lights that were on the motorcycle at the time also made it look like it could have been a police vehicle.”

Mounties say it was a Honda Gold Wing, which is not the type typically used by the RCMP however it still had the appearance of a police motorcycle because of extra lights mounted on it.

“It’s also my understanding that it had some emblems or stickers on the motorcycle that weren’t police stickers or police emblems but they may have been mistaken as such,” added Terragni.

The anxiety around a member of the public trying to impersonate a police officer is higher these days after the Nova Scotia shooter dressed in a Mountie uniform and drove his own car that was made to look almost exactly like an RCMP cruiser.

Comox Valley RCMP say the man on the motorcycle was wearing a high visibility vest but nothing else similar to a uniform.

The officer who stopped him was satisfied that the man was not trying to impersonate a police officer and he was not charged or issued a ticket.

The motorcyclist was told to cover the extra lights when he’s driving in public.

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