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  • Fake Highway Patrol Commercial Enforcement Truck Found

    No photos have been released as of yet; but, I am certain they will be out there soon!

    Fake CHP vehicle found

    By ROMAN FLORES, Staff Writer
    California Highway Patrol and Border Patrol officers last week uncovered a fake Highway Patrol vehicle complete with several undocumented immigrants concealed in its cargo compartment, according to a Highway Patrol press release.

    The unoccupied fake CHP truck was found with a flat tire on the side of Forrester Road north of Imler Road early Thursday. The vehicle was equipped to resemble a Highway Patrol vehicle used in commercial enforcement, according to the release.
    A search of the area for a driver was conducted but could not be located, according to the release. The occupants of the truck were turned over to investigators of the Imperial Valley Border Enforcement Security Task Force led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Departmental Bulletin:


    SUBJECT: UNUSUAL INCIDENT - CLONED CHP COMMERCIAL MRE VEHICLE USED FOR
    SMUGGLING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

    SYNOPSIS:

    A DISABLED DODGE PICKUP TRUCK EQUIPPED WITH FUNCTIONAL EMERGENCY LIGHTS, CHP LOGOS AND PAINTED TO RESEMBLE A CHP COMMERCIAL MOBILE ROAD
    ENFORCEMENT TRUCK WAS FOUND TO BE OCCUPIED WITH NINE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS.

    SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

    DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JULY 9, 2010, A US BORDER PATROL UNIT ON ROUTINE PATROL IN THE AREA OF FORRESTER ROAD NORTH OF IMLER ROAD IN
    IMPERIAL COUNTY, CAME UPON AND STOPPED TO ASSIST WHAT APPEARED TO BE A CHP COMMERCIAL MOBILE ROAD ENFORCEMENT PICKUP TRUCK WITH A FLAT LEFT
    REAR TIRE. WHILE THE AGENTS WERE APPROACHING THE PICKUP CHP UNIT 85-R3, OFFICERS H. TAVARES, #14839 AND R. SANCHEZ #17731, OBSERVING THE BORDER PATROL AND CHP PICKUP TRUCK, STOPPED TO RENDER ASSISTANCE. THE CHP OFFICERS IMMEDIATELY NOTED DISCREPEANCIES WITH THE MRE TRUCK'S MARKINGS AND EQUIPMENT. THE TRUCK INITIALLY APPEARED UNOCCUPIED AND UPON CLOSER EXAMINATION THE BORDER PATROL AGENTS DISCOVERED NINE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS CONCEALED WITHIN THE CARGO COMPARTMENT OF THE TRUCK FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE TRUCK WAS A CLONED VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH FUNCTIONING EMERGENCY LIGHT BARS, STAR EMBLEM, LETTERING,
    PUSH BUMPER, AND ALTERED LICENSE PLATES DESIGNED TO APPEAR AS CALIFORNIA EXEMPT PLATES. A SEARCH OF THE AREA FOR THE DRIVER WAS CONDUCTED WITH
    US BORDER PATROL WHICH YIELDED NEGATIVE RESULTS. THE TRUCK AND ITS OCCUPANTS WERE TURNED OVER TO HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATORS OF THE IMPERIAL VALLEY BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE LED BY ICE.

    ACTION TAKEN OR CONTEMPLATED: SERGEANT PROCTOR, #13544, ASSUMED SCENE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES. PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN. THE TRUCK REGISTRATION INDICATES A RELEASE OF LIABILITY TO A COMPANY OUT OF MEXICO.ICE SEIZED THE VEHICLE PENDING FORFEITURE AND WILL HANDLE THE INVESTIGATION. ACTING COMMANDER, LIEUTENANT M. SHAFFER, #9890, WAS NOTIFIED AS WAS BORDER DIVISION CHIEF S. LYKINS.
    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

    [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]


  • #2
    Should have bought run-flats...

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    • #3
      This is not the specific vehicle in question, but for those like me who wondered what those trucks normally look like, I'll save you the google search.

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      • #4

        Why is everything out there a "black and white" type of vehicle? The local cop cars look a lot like the CHP -- something that you would never see in VA (local police or sheriff cars would never be painted blue over silver).


        P.S. Nothing like some bad guys with a Gall's catalog!!

        The comments above reflect my personal opinion as a private citizen, ordinary motorist and all-around good guy.

        The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.

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        "Ignorance on fire is hotter than knowledge on ice."

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        • #5
          The colors of vehicles used for traffic enforcement are dictated by the California Vehicle Code and Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations. Also, since the CHP is the "Big Daddy" of vehicle purchasers, a number of smaller departments buy to their specs at a discount.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jayjohnson122 View Post
            The colors of vehicles used for traffic enforcement are dictated by the California Vehicle Code and Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations. Also, since the CHP is the "Big Daddy" of vehicle purchasers, a number of smaller departments buy to their specs at a discount.
            So if the car was all white it couldn't make a car stop for a traffic violation?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LINY View Post
              So if the car was all white it couldn't make a car stop for a traffic violation?
              I've seen those CHP snowball units on traffic stops pretty often.
              "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - Orwell

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              • #8
                Hardly the first governemnt agency to have had vehicles cloned by smugglers

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by VA Dutch View Post

                  Why is everything out there a "black and white" type of vehicle? The local cop cars look a lot like the CHP -- something that you would never see in VA (local police or sheriff cars would never be painted blue over silver).


                  P.S. Nothing like some bad guys with a Gall's catalog!!
                  State Law! All traffic enforcement units must have a WHITE door on each side that contrasts with the other vehicle color and makes it easy to see. They can be all white (such as our snow balls). Ours are primarily for special commercial enforcement, but they are not precluded from stopping four-wheelers for traffic violations. Agencies can use alternate colors for their patrol vehicles, but if they are specifically designated as traffic enforcement, the color must comply with the following:

                  Title 13. Motor Vehicles (Refs & Annos), Division 2. Department of the California Highway Patrol, Chapter 5. Special Vehicles, Article 5. Color of Traffic Law Enforcement Vehicles, § 1141. Color Requirements.

                  Each motor vehicle shall have a distinctive exterior finish, exclusive of wheels and trim, as follows:

                  (a) Vehicles Except Motorcycles.
                  Vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be painted:

                  (1) Entirely white; or

                  (2) White, except that an area not less than and including the front door panels shall be black; or

                  (3) Black, except that an area not less than and including the front door panels shall be white; or

                  (4) Any other color, with any color front door panels.

                  (5) The indicia or name of governmental entity operating the vehicle shall be displayed in sharp contrast to the background on the front door panels and shall be of such size, shape, and color as to be readily legible during daylight hours from a distance of 50 feet.

                  (b) Stripes. Painted or decal stripes may be used provided that the stripe does not interfere with the contrast or legibility of the indicia or name of the governmental entity operating the vehicle.

                  (c) Motorcycles. Each motorcycle shall have one of the following finishes:

                  (1) Entirely white; or

                  (2) The sides of the tank and fenders shall be white or the fenders may be entirely white or entirely black; the remaining portions of the motorcycle, which normally receive a painted or enameled finish, shall be black, white, or a combination of black and white, except that these surfaces may have a sharply contrasting accent color overlaying the predominant black and/or white background; or

                  (3) Any other color.

                  (4) The indicia or name of governmental entity operating the motorcycle shall be displayed in sharp contrast to the background on the sides of the fairing or tank and shall be of such size, shape, and color as to be readily recognizable during daylight hours from a distance of 50 feet.

                  Note: Authority cited: Section 2402, Vehicle Code. Reference: Section 40800, Vehicle Code.

                  HISTORY

                  1. Amendment filed 4-8-77; designated effective 5-9-77 (Register 77, No. 15).

                  2. Editorial correction adding NOTE filed 4-28-83 (Register 83, No. 18).

                  3. Amendment of subsections (b) and (c)(2) filed 8-31-93; operative 10-1-93
                  (Register 93, No. 36).

                  4. Amendment of first paragraph and subsection (a)(4), new subsection (a)(5),
                  amendment of subsection (c)(2) and new subsections (c)(3)-(4) filed 6-2-2008;
                  operative 7-2-2008 (Register 2008, No. 23).

                  5. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 7-8-2010; operative 8-7-2010 (Register
                  2010, No. 28).

                  13 CCR § 1141, 13 CA ADC § 1141
                  This database is current through 8/13/10 Register 2010, No. 33
                  END OF DOCUMENT
                  Last edited by SgtCHP; 08-31-2010, 01:26 PM.
                  Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

                  [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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                  • #10
                    Did anyone check the local CHP office for suspects?
                    Free Deke O'Mally!!!

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                    • #11
                      Clever......makes you wonder.......about the next CBP vehicle driving north on the interstate.

                      With a load of detainees.....who's gonna question it??
                      This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                      • #12

                        Is it possible for someone to buy a used CHP vehicle at a state auction and then "jimmy it" to resemble a legitimate government car?

                        Our departments here sell their cars at auction - and you can get a "blue and grey" ex-VSP cruiser that still looks a lot like the real thing - sans decals. I know they repaint some of the ex-cruisers white or even silver, but most of them are merely removed from service and sold to the public. Most of them around here end up being snatched up by taxicab companies, it seems.

                        The comments above reflect my personal opinion as a private citizen, ordinary motorist and all-around good guy.

                        The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.

                        ------------------------------------------------

                        "Ignorance on fire is hotter than knowledge on ice."

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                        • #13
                          It happened in Laredo, Texas in June. Here's a photo of the fake Webb County SO truck that was hauling 1,000 pounds of mary jane.

                          So when do we start pulling over each other?

                          http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/7032069.html

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                          • #14
                            Wow. I would never suspect that truck in the picture. Markings look legit, and seem well done - better than the ones on my *real* dept car!!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dbphotos View Post
                              It happened in Laredo, Texas in June. Here's a photo of the fake Webb County SO truck that was hauling 1,000 pounds of mary jane.

                              So when do we start pulling over each other?

                              http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/7032069.html
                              Some agency in Texas got a fake TXDOT truck not long ago as well. I don't remember what tipped them off, but they got the driver as well and he was in full highway repair "uniform" of hard hat, traffic vest, etc. Maybe on the plus side after you bust a vehicle like that the department will confiscate it and let you keep it since it's already marked.

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