SUV with siren, lights alarms North County driver

Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 21:43:38-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - A local driver is warning of an unusual encounter with a dark SUV Saturday night on a North County freeway.

Dashcam video captured on Interstate 15 shows an SUV with a light bar across the top. The driver tells 10News she initially thought it was a police vehicle and then spotted the back windshield, which was lit up by blue lights that resembled audio levels.

Not long after, she says she heard a siren noise coming from that same SUV, as it approached a red light.

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10News showed the video to CHP officer Jim Bettencourt who said he believes the blue light, the light bar, and siren are all vehicle code violations.

"If they were utilizing that to get people to move out of the way or caused a crash that would be another slew of charges," said Bettencourt.

Bettencourt said because the SUV didn't have a symbol representing law enforcement, the driver wouldn't face an impersonating an officer charge.