Blue light bandit leaves driver concerned

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May 11, 2012 1:40:43 PM PDT
There were some frightening moments for a Fayetteville woman during a recent traffic stop.

Lenora McQuillan was stopped earlier this week by an officer in an unmarked police car on the Martin Luther King Expressway.

A series of blue light bandit incidents had her on edge. So, she called 911 to make sure she was being stopped by a real officer.

She said the officer became hostile while she was on the phone trying to verify his identity.

Driver: "A police officer stopped me."

Officer: "I need your license and registration."

Driver: "Sir, I have the police on the phone."

Officer: "I have a badge. I have a..."

Driver: "Sir... He's 374."

Officer: "You're failing to give me your license and registration."

Driver: "Can you hear him? I'm not trying to... You're not in a normal car."

Police said McQuillan should have slowed down, called 911 to verify the officer and then stopped in a public place.

"Because of what's happened in the community, I was concerned," said McQuillan. "So, my first thing to do was to call 911. I put my phone out the window to let him know I was... just to kind of do some kind of signal and I got 911 on the phone before the officer got to my car."

"And that's why we find it so frustrating when people, blue light bandits, do these type of activities because it erodes the confidence between the police department and can create this tense and dangerous situations," said Gavin MacRoberts with the Fayetteville Police Department.

The incident is under investigation.

McQuillan was ticketed for having an expired license tag but that's not her concern. She wants officers to be more sensitive in light of the fact that there have been blue light bandits operating in this area.

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