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Police raid on A1

I have recently had a very weird encounter with police and need your advice.

Last week me and my friend were driving in the leftmost lane (no speeding, following all rules) on A1 when we suddenly were overtaken by a BMW in a quite aggressive way. The driver in that car hit the brakes forcing us to slow down. In my opinion, they have a created a potentially dangerous situation. Then they suddenly switched on the lights similar to those in the image. The text was something like POLICE PLEASE FOLLOW ME.



However, the car had no common police markings. We thought those were some of those spoiled kids having fun so we overtook and left them behind. They attempted to follow us but it wasn't possible since we have a supercharged car. But we were really scared and tried to drop them off asap.

Now, I told this story to a friend of mine who says it is a pretty high chance this was legit police.

I don't know how come police behave in such dangerous way on a highway. But any advice what we can do in this situation? Should we just forget or should we rather go to any department and report?
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Old 01.06.2021, 23:58
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don't worry about it. it was probably just a dream.
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Re: Police raid on A1

If you took a photo, report it to the police.

I found no evidence of Swiss police using a "Folgen" sign in the back of their cars but I did see that German police do this. I suspect this is a case of posers wanting to play with other posers, with both having little regard for the safety of other drivers.

Also, if it were the police

1) your super-charged car would have been followed by another super-charged car
2) they would have hauled you to the police station by now
3) you would have received official summons by now
4) you would not have started this thread

Edit 12 hours later: It looks like the police do use "Folgen Polizei" signs in the back of their cars.
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Re: Police raid on A1

Yes, police in CH use the ˋbitte folgenˋ signs (ive seen it many times), and no, they might not automatically chase you, putting themselves and any other drivers on the road at extreme risk.

If you‘re not trolling expect a visit from the police

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However, the car had no common police markings. We thought those were some of those spoiled kids having fun so we overtook and left them behind. They attempted to follow us but it wasn't possible since we have a supercharged car. But we were really scared and tried to drop them off asap.
If it was the police it's quite probable they have video and photos of car plates and driver. Police will eventually show up and say hello.

If it were just spoiled kids, the part of leaving them behind may have been recorded by cameras and speed cameras on the A1. So, police may pay a visit anyway.

PS. look at these old news: police should respect speed limits unless the person(s) escaping represent a larger danger to the public than the police car not respecting speed limits. https://www.20min.ch/story/polizist-...t-650782918677

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Re: Police raid on A1

If it was all real and indeed a police vehicle, then you will need a very good lawyer to avoid criminal charges.

If it was real and some "spoiled kids" (still sounds like a rare case, but who knows), then what you describe sounds like some gefährliches fahren and shall be reported to the police whether it is in your direct interest or not, just out of a public safety concerns.

According to SVG, if you were forced to break the traffic regulations due to actions of other drivers (e.g. avoiding a collision or running from a psycho on a tracktor), road conditions or any force majeur, it is your responsibility to report such incident to the police as soon as possible [before they have an opportunity to issue you a citation]. You shall not admit any guilt, but only report an extraordinary road situation. Otherwise, your actions will be judged with no excuse to circumstances and you will have to fight the fine or more serious charges with some further proofs.
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But we were really scared ....
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Re: Police raid on A1

As others mentioned it might well be a police car, even though description of their actions looks strange.

And also it is expected to use left lanes for overtaking only. And from your description you were in the leftmost lane and the other car was able to overtake you on the right. And there are two concerning things: the right lane was presumably free and you had to move back to it, and overtaking on the right is forbidden and considered a major traffic offense. So one more reason to report it to the police.
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Re: Police raid on A1

A bit early for a Friday thread, don't you think?
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I have recently had a very weird encounter with police and need your advice.

Last week me and my friend were driving in the leftmost lane (no speeding, following all rules) on A1 when we suddenly were overtaken by a BMW in a quite aggressive way. The driver in that car hit the brakes forcing us to slow down. In my opinion, they have a created a potentially dangerous situation. Then they suddenly switched on the lights similar to those in the image. The text was something like POLICE PLEASE FOLLOW ME.



However, the car had no common police markings. We thought those were some of those spoiled kids having fun so we overtook and left them behind. They attempted to follow us but it wasn't possible since we have a supercharged car. But we were really scared and tried to drop them off asap.

Now, I told this story to a friend of mine who says it is a pretty high chance this was legit police.

I don't know how come police behave in such dangerous way on a highway. But any advice what we can do in this situation? Should we just forget or should we rather go to any department and report?
Police are trained to drive in high risk scenarios so when they stopped you they will have done it in the way that they are trained to do. No idea why they would decide to stop you, although if you were in a fancy supercharged car they may have had reports of something stolen, or that a similar car was reported in an offence. However WTF... you or your friend sped a supercharged car AWAY AT HIGH SPEEDS from police asking you to stop? Holy crap, if that was a legit police car then are you/they are very possibly in some serious trouble.

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Re: Police raid on A1

Driving across CH a few years ago, our lovely car caught the cops' attention. They quickly compared our car's registration colour with its "new" (foiled) colour. Because they did not match, they kindly requested we pull over. Prolly thought the car was stolen...
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A bit early for a Friday thread, don't you think?
Tomorrow is a holiday, so today is a sort of holiday, even the frontaliers seem to think so, as the highway from Italy to Lugano was empty today!

(OK, it is Italy's national holiday today, so that might explain it)

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Last week me and my friend were driving in the leftmost lane (no speeding, following all rules)...when we suddenly were overtaken by a BMW
They passed you on the right then. Which means that lane was clear, and you shouldn't have been in the left most lane.
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So they were in front of you, in the leftmost lane, and then you overtook them on the right.

You'd better hope they weren't real police, but the chances seem pretty low to me.
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Re: Police raid on A1

Assuming this indeed happened in real: the BMW 5 should have been a 530d at least. In normal traffic, it should be able to follow you, regardless of how fast that supercharged car really is.

If the story is really true, my advice would be to buy a GA. You'll need it.
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I have recently had a very weird encounter with police and need your advice.

Last week me and my friend were driving in the leftmost lane (no speeding, following all rules) on A1 when we suddenly were overtaken by a BMW in a quite aggressive way. The driver in that car hit the brakes forcing us to slow down. In my opinion, they have a created a potentially dangerous situation. Then they suddenly switched on the lights similar to those in the image. The text was something like POLICE PLEASE FOLLOW ME.



However, the car had no common police markings. We thought those were some of those spoiled kids having fun so we overtook and left them behind. They attempted to follow us but it wasn't possible since we have a supercharged car. But we were really scared and tried to drop them off asap.

Now, I told this story to a friend of mine who says it is a pretty high chance this was legit police.

I don't know how come police behave in such dangerous way on a highway. But any advice what we can do in this situation? Should we just forget or should we rather go to any department and report?

I think this is one of the most stupidest things you can ever do. Majority of Swiss undercover police cars are BMWs (with an extra radio antenna at the back). If they braked, that's to slow you down, and I personally don't believe you were doing the speed limit on the left lane

I have been stopped once by an undercover car going slightly above the speed limit. I too had to follow them to the nearest autoroute exit. They informed me that I was going a little too fast. Checked my documents, walked around the vehicle a few times and asked a few questions. Finally told me to drive carefully and let me go with a warning.

In total they (Canton ZH police) were really courteous and totally professional.
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There were a couple of cases of fake motorway police a few years back (see link) but nothing since. I suspect the OP might receive a hefty bill shortly...

https://www.20min.ch/story/falsche-p...n-725265885620
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https://www.20min.ch/story/falsche-p...n-725265885620
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In this context, the St. Gallen cantonal police informs that vehicle checks are only carried out in absolute exceptional cases on the breakdown strip of a motorway. "Vehicles are normally diverted from the motorway and only then subjected to a check," says Krüsi.

In addition, the St.Gallen cantonal police do not use blue rotating lights inside the vehicle for signalling. The two signals "Stop police" or "Please follow" are used.
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Presumably as the OP supercharged away, the cop car put on its blue lights even if it couldn‘t keep up...

This is all nonsense and phantasy from a troll...
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Yup, looks like it was legit:
Thanks! I'll edit my original post.
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Edit 12 hours later: It looks like the police do use "Folgen Polizei" signs in the back of their cars.
Yes, they do, I was pulled over in Zug by such a car with such a sign 25 years ago.

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