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Guy uses app to pretend he's a cop and gets busted by the real thing

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Guy uses app to pretend he's a cop and gets busted by the real thing
20 year old Alexander A. Welch used an app on his Verizon phone that flashes a blue and red light to try to convince other motorists that he was the police. Flashing the lights, he managed to get one driver to pullover. Welch followed behind, briefly stopped his car, and drove away. This unusual action alerted the driver who followed the suspect's vehicle and called the cops.

Police eventually found Welch's car and pulled him over. While talking to him, the cops discovered the app on his phone that produces the red and blue colors and immediately arrested him. He was charged with the felony crime of unlawful exercise of the function of peace officers which is punishable by up to five years in prison. The police report didn't specify which model phone Welch used except to say that it was a Verizon model. Sounds like Alex would have been better off getting addicted to Angry Birds like everyone else.

source: IdahoStatesman via Gizmodo

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posted on 17 Mar 2011, 22:14 6

1. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)


You dumb dumb dumb dumb kid.

You're 20 years old and this was a way you decided to spend your time? Go to college or something and get an education instead of wasting your time doing stupid stuff like this.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 22:19 4

2. Thelaw (unregistered)


Good job, idiot........If your not the POLICE, don't try and be the POLICE!!!

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 02:06 1

42. deezy (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)


*you're

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 22:29 11

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


This must have been at night because if I looked behind me and could see some kid with a phone flashing lights, I would have just given him a middle finger and drove on.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 22:29 11

4. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


great gta stunt

how many stars does this give you, 2?

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 22:37 4

6. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Honestly, I've always thought of trying this just to get through traffic.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 22:38 16

7. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


on a serious note

celebrities get what, 90 days in jail for dwi? which could KILL people?

this guy who's pulling a practical joke gets 5 years which btw doesn't put lives at risk. boy oh boy do i hate america for this.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 10:13 3

29. Sellcell (Posts: 118; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


Maybe you don't understand how serious this is. There are some people out there who do this type of stuff and then rob, rape, or even kill the person they pull over. Ya, maybe this dip-shit wouldn't have done that, but also maybe he would have. I mean come on, if he's dumb enough to do this in the first place, he's prob tweaked in the head.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 11:07 3

32. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and if he pulled over a felon that had a gun on him?? we would be reading about how DEAD this kid is. Or if he was a real criminal himself, we would be reading a about rapes n robberies and murders with this app. The law is there for a reason. To protect people.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 11:08 3

33. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and its punishible by "up to 5 years". he will probably get a slap on the wrist for it unless he has a record. quit being an idiot.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 17:22 1

46. jayme (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2011)


yeah, like poor Paris Hilton....my buddy got an OUI and spent 3 yrs with no licence. No priors, just straight up f'd. But Paris drives her effin BMW suckuv through a retirement villagte wlie giving a guy a handy and whached out of her mind on meth and some f'n whiny bitch kid on you tube gets her out. sheesh, the law is there to fuck you, dont forget it! I ve argued out of speed ing and other civil violations in court by PAYING UP. No law too big for money.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 22:39 7

9. Sniggly (Posts: 7180; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So he pulled an ultimately harmless prank. I think it's funny. Five years in prison is a stupid punishment.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 22:57 1

11. Gawain (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


The offense, or class of offense, is punishable by up to five years in prison. He hasn't been convicted yet. What this 20 year old doesn't yet realize is that he'll wish for something simple, such as jail, versus that felony conviction (if it doesn't get pleaded down) that will follow his sorry @ss around for the rest of his life.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 23:53 4

15. pickles (Posts: 14; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


what a loser! why wasn't he doing drugs or alcohol like normal 20 year olds? no such thing as a practical joke in 2011, the 21st century is serious bizniss.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 01:19 5

17. 5/0 (unregistered)


I agree....the things that where said are quite ignorant....most of the comments on this site are made by trolls anyways...always complaining about something....The kid was having some fun and had a lapse in judgement. Hopefully they will let him off with a slap on the hands...I am sure the whole ordeal was punishment enough...I am sure a lot have thought about doing the same thing...including myself...however at that age we do not think about the possible outcomes when doing such things

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 02:14

24. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


I agree with you. I have used that torch app in a similar way. It's hard not to when the animation of the flashing red, blue, and white lights is spot on with a police siren. However, I was not so bold, or dumb, to use it long enough to get the person to pull over and come to a complete stop lol.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 01:48 7

20. ObiWanSymbian (unregistered)


Up to five years
Five years
More than five years...

No wonder the over-simplified iOS is so popular, since so many people have difficulties understanding simple statements.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 03:02 1

25. IOS5 (unregistered)


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posted on 20 Mar 2011, 12:06

51. cowsrockalot (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


HELLS YES

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 06:38 5

27. pimpstrong (unregistered)


Nobody seems to wonder if the cops SEARCHED his phone or was it laying there flashing. You'd need a warrant before I turn my phone on for you. Just sayin.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 13:13

37. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


Phonearena put an article out several months ago of a law that has been passed that if your phone is has no password and unlocked they have the right to go through it with out a warrant.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 06:40 1

28. ibap (Posts: 706; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


As a female with a 16-year old driving daughter, I want this thing publicized to the max. He doesn't deserve 5 years in jail, but he needs to get more than a wrist slap.

Do we know that this is the first time this jerk tried this? Do we know that he didn't do it somewhere that the other driver didn't cause a road hazard by trying to get out of the "policeman's" way? Do we know that, having found that it worked, he wouldn't try it on some young girl on a dark road? My daughter knows not to open the door or even roll down the window in an isolated place or for someone that doesn't really look like a cop, and even then can ask to be followed to a gas station or somewhere there are people. I don't think everyone makes sure their kid knows this. Could he do this to a little old lady and rob her? This twerp needs a comeuppance.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 10:39 2

30. icepikk (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


Its that kind of paranoia that makes practical joking impossible these days. You take an act of joking, as it was by saying he stopped then drove away probably having no idea if it was a guy or girl he stopped, to be that he would turn it into a way to rob and rape. That is going a bit far isnt it? Some people like to have a little reckless fun, doesnt mean theyre gonna rape or steal because a silly prank worked.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 17:01

39. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


1) you obviously dont have kids

2) you shouldnt prank strangers, you have no idea who they are or how they will react.

3)this type of article can give idiot criminals new ideas and the next time it could be a much worse situation. ever hear of copycat criminals?

4)and if the other person had just commited a felony and thought it was a cop after him, he could have opened fire. unlikely but possible.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 17:27

48. jayme (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2011)


youre a dick too......

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 02:57 2

43. nesska (unregistered)


Ashton Kutcher has pulled meaner pranks than this one and the only old lady he's vandalized is Demi Moore.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 10:54 1

31. JHart1012 (Posts: 14; Member since: 24 Mar 2010)


EPIC FAIL!!!

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 11:14

34. d-darko (unregistered)


Its not because of paranoia. People really do get robbed, raped, and killed by people acting as if they were the police. That's why you can not play like that in todays world.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 17:38

49. jayme (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2011)


you cant play like that in todays world because fuck weasels like you got no sense of humor. Back in the day we did a hell of a lot worse than this and never hurt anyone, got hurt, or meant harm. Not everyone is out to get you. Just keep watching fucking Carmen Harlan And MOtherfucking Mort Crim, and you can keep being sensationalized into thinking the world is a shitty place. News flash...there are no more or less shitheads percapita than there were 20-30-40 or even 50 years ago. With the development of technology come faster and faster responce times to news and information. The greater medias ability to broadcast it and pretty much freak everybody out is why youre kids dont play outside anymore and its why a simple fun prank by a adolescent had landed this poor kid in jail. What ever happend to fun....I say fuck you if you think this kid is in the wrong. next time your out playing with the hose and spraying your kids I want you to consider this....you could BLOW THIER EYES OUT with the pressure coming out of that hose. Did that stop you? NO. Its just harmless fun!!! So have it and stop worrying about everyone else. JEEEZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 11:26 1

35. mookie wilsonovich (unregistered)


Kid's dumb...but, damn, is it funny.

Life's short...lesson learned.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 12:23 2

36. homineyhominey (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


my buddies did this to me several years ago. they used glow sticks of red and blue and raised and lowered them behind the dash. Pulled me over and scared me to death. As i was grabbing my info, my buddy comes running up to the window. wtf?

And about the rape. Have you actually seen a news clipping or anything about a case that that happened. I've heard about it, but i've also heard aliens abducted people. Girls in my high school swore that a cousin's friend's sister had that happen to them.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 00:34

40. not so stupid (unregistered)


i hope he really gets charged with a felony. id rather not have idiots like this voting for our political offices or working with children anyway.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 02:05 1

41. deezy (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)


we are full of dipshits like this in the boise area. how else would Luna and Otter get re-elected.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 11:07

44. cloud36426 (unregistered)


For those of you saying there has not been a rape on a situation like this google it. In Florida it happened I know because I am a Police officer and they sent emails to all of us to be on look out for impersonators in secluded areas. I think it was in Pensacola Florida. But it can be very serious and you can't bend punishments. The law had set standards for minimum and maximum sentences that cannot be changed.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 13:37

45. chuckchizzle (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)


what did the Tattle tale do?? follow the guy around till the cops found him.
what an arse..

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