Motorist flashes fake police ID at cyclist after near miss (video)

A motorist in Aberdeen claims he is a policeman when a cyclist confronts him about his dangerous overtaking move.

The Internet is awash with videos of cyclists in close shaves with cars, but very few drivers pretend to be an off-duty policeman in an attempt to prove why they have the right of way.

But in Aberdeen, a man who only wants to be known as ‘Aberdeen Cycle Cam’ encountered just this when he chased down a Volvo driver who was not happy with his decision to cycle in the middle of the lane.

As seen in the video above, the driver pulls out his wallet and flashes a document allegedly bearing the words ‘Northumbria Police’.

After sounding his horn at a roundabout, the driver then speeds past the cyclist before being confronted some distance later.

“I estimate that the driver passed me less than half a metre away,” the rider wrote under his YouTube video.

“When I confronted him at a red light he pulled out a police ID he pulls out a fake ‘Northumbria Police’ ID and said: “I’m a serving police officer.

“He said that it was my fault because I was “riding in the middle of the road”.”

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “This man is in no way connected to Northumbria Police.

“Officers have made enquiries and are not concerned. It does appear to be a one-off incident and we haven’t seen this before.”

In an update to his video, the cyclist added: “Aberdeen and Northumbria Polices have contacted the driver that was 'very remorseful' and attributed his actions to a 'moment of madness'.

“The Police has issued a written warning to the driver regarding this incident. I am happy with the way both polices have dealt with this case that is now closed.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.