This is a warning to everyone to never ever pull over on the side of the road in your vehicle for any unmarked police car if you are not in a built up area where there are plenty of other vehicles present on the road and preferably not until you can get to a service station, shopping centre or a police station.
The other day i received a networked email which told the story of Lauren, a 19 year old university student from somewhere in Australia, who luckily had the intuition and brains to remember the very sound advice of her parents to never pull over in those circumstances and dial the number 000 on her mobile phone, which is a little known police switchboard number besides 000.
As it turned out, the person in the supposed unmarked police car is a convicted rapist and has done time for other crimes, and had Lauren made a split second decision to pull over for this scumbag, it’s no guessing that by the day’s end she might well have been raped, bashed, killed and buried in a shallow grave.
After refusing to pull over on the side of the road, Lauren continued to keep driving and called 000 immediately, the police switchboard operator was able to confirm with Lauren that no ‘real’ police car was dispatched in the location where this gut wrenching saga took place, and that real cops in real police cars were already on their way to back her up.
Four police cars in fact, and after surrounding both Lauren’s car and the scumbag’s car from behind, a pack of police officers pounced after cornering him and forcing him off the road. One went to the aid of Lauren, the others pulled and tackled the convicted rapist to the ground. Could have easily ended up so much worse.