A man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a police officer after pulling over a woman and challenging her on her driving.

Chris Green, of Nursery Close in Peterborough, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court this morning after he pulled a woman over in Longsplat, Corsham, using an LED lightbar attached to his Ford Fiesta.

The incident occurred on May 6, when he stopped the woman and claimed to be a police officer before challenging her on the manner of her driving.

She contacted the police because she was concerned about the nature of the incident.

Green was later arrested by officers on the M4 and his lightbar was seized.

He has been released on conditional bail following his guilty plea and will be sentenced at Peterborough Magistrates Court on July 5.

Detective Inspector Matt Smith urged others who feel they have been the victims of similar incidents to come forward.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Green's Ford FiestaGreen's Ford Fiesta (Image: Wiltshire Police)

He said: “This was understandably a very unsettling incident for the woman involved and will no doubt cause concern within the local community.

“I am pleased that the victim called police immediately which enabled us to locate the vehicle quickly and arrest Green, and seize items from his vehicle as part of our investigation.

“We’d urge anyone who may feel unsure whether a person they are dealing with is a genuine police officer to call us on 101 to check their identity immediately. If a crime is in progress, call 999.

“We’d also urge anyone with further information about this incident, or who thinks they have been victim to a similar incident, to call the police on 101.”

Concerned members of the public can request a verification process from Wiltshire Police that will allow them to check when an officer is on duty.

The officer will put their personal issue radio on loudspeaker and ask a member of the control room to confirm who they are and that they are on duty.

This check can also be proactively offered by officers when dealing with members of the public who appear vulnerable or concerned for their safety.