A brave 71-year-old woman stopped a criminal gang trying to steal her car after they forced her to stop by impersonating the gardai.
The disgraceful incident happen late last Saturday night/early morning after the men used a blue flashing light in order to trick the elderly women into stopping her car on an isolated section of the M2 motorway near Ashbourne. The news comes after a number of reports of that the shameful garda impersonators have been searching for lone motorists late at night in order to steal their vehicles. However the thoughtless thugs failed to convince the brave pensioner to leave her car.
The pensioner from Dublin currently living in Co Meath told the Hearld: “I thought there was something odd,” “I was driving to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Dublin when I noticed a car driving right behind me. “The car drew level with me and I began feeling annoyed when it wouldn’t overtake. “When I saw the blue light flashing I pulled over and stopped.” The brave and courageous woman added that although the car did look official, she felt that the man who got out of it “didn’t have the look of a guard”. The woman said: “It was dark and I couldn’t really see his face,” she said. “He walked up to my car, rapped on the window and asked me if I had been drinking and told me I was weaving all over the road. “I told him I didn’t drink. And my car has corrective steering so I knew I couldn’t have been weaving. “I kept the door locked. I just wanted to get to the hospital and I wasn’t going to get into an argument. He could have been the president for all I cared. When I told him I was on my way to hospital he just turned around and walked away.”
The woman also told the paper: “If he had insisted further, I would have told him to follow me to the nearest garda station.” The woman said it was only awhile later that she realised the danger she had been in and how gardai have been warning about criminals inpersonating them as officers in order to steal people’s vehicles. The woman added: “I’m an old age pensioner. My car was only two weeks old and I wasn’t giving it to anyone.”
Meanwhile some forty minutes after the elderly woman was stopped, the same incident happened again on another unsuspecting victim when the thugs targeted a 2010-registered blue Nissan Qashqai close to where the woman had refused to co-operate with them. The unsuspecting 23-year-old driver from Navan had told of how he had dropped his parents at Dublin Airport and was making his way home when he spotted blue lights behind him as he was driving on the N2. The victim willingly pulled over because he fully believed that he was being instructed to do so by members of the gardai in an unmarked car.
The young man willingly stopped and the two occupants of the car, described as a silver Vauxhall Vectra, got out and told him that he had been speeding. The young man was ordered to get out of his SUV in order to conduct a drugs search of the vehicle, were one of the thieves got in and made off with the vehicle.