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He was an unmarked LEO. I followed this guy through 3 counties about a 1/2 mile back rolling at 90/65. All of the sudden I see this unmarked truck flip his lights on this vehicle and my rabbit (Tahoe) decides to pull in too. I’m seeing more and more trucks used. If you guys see permanent tags in NC, you better take a real close look at the vehicle.

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Yikes, those are stealthy. Slick-top Tahoe with no external antennas?

Were they running radar at all?
 

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Yeah Clearwater PD uses a Silver F-150 around here, and you always have to be vigilant for them.
Do we have an official term for this? Armed Rabbit, Flashing Rabbit, Rabid Rabbit, Biting Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit works for me!
 

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There are a few of those f150's and unmarked other vehicles (Silvarado's, fusions, etc) around me too... they don't usually do traffic stuff nor do they really care about "standard" levels of speeding... I'm sure if you do something excessive they will either pull or at least call you in. they are more for stopping major criminals, drugs, etc. I see them do occasional busts on the highway where all of a sudden a whole bunch of these standard looking vehicles with normal plates all of a sudden go lights on and surround a vehicle they have been tracking and it's usually a drug bust or some sort of known criminal getting taken down.
 

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I’m going to date myself...That unmarked Tahoe is a Killer Rabbit

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Do we have an official term for this? Armed Rabbit, Flashing Rabbit, Rabid Rabbit, Biting Rabbit

The actual Official RDF Term is:

Unmarked Rabbit!

Bing Ta-da!
 

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I think that truck may be a Wildlife Officer. Hunting season is in and I was more focused on the LEOs, but the vehicle pulled was a truck with a 4 wheeler in the bed. I'll bet this guy was pulled to checked for game.

And I like the "rabid rabbit"! :D
 

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Time to drag out the Holy Hand Grenade.
 

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Time to drag out the Holy Hand Grenade.
They love to fly around at night looking for spotlighters. I thought about waiting until they get a few miles away and light the place up and then when they circle back around.......nothing. Rinse and repeat.
 

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He was an unmarked LEO. I followed this guy through 3 counties about a 1/2 mile back rolling at 90/65. All of the sudden I see this unmarked truck flip his lights on this vehicle and my rabbit (Tahoe) decides to pull in too. I’m seeing more and more trucks used. If you guys see permanent tags in NC, you better take a real close look at the vehicle.

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Thanks bunches. Is the pickup tag the ubiquitous orange local NC government tag?
 

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Yikes, those are stealthy. Slick-top Tahoe with no external antennas?

Were they running radar at all?
Yeah, I was never close to him to notice the slick top. Those rails are so low profile on regular Tahoes, it's something that you would have to look for. You can see the antenna on the F150. But, I couldn't see any on the Tahoe.
 

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The permanent sticker on the plate is one of things I check for on vehicles if they are a model the police buy. Especially, if we passing. A lot of times they will follow at the back of the pack of cars and try to get the top speeders.

Good catch!
 

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Thanks bunches. Is the pickup tag the ubiquitous orange local NC government tag?
Well, I learned something new. This tag is the yellow permanent tag. State agencies use the yellow tags and non-state agencies like sheriffs use the orange tag.

I’ll bet this guy was wildlife.
 

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Well, I learned something new. This tag is the yellow permanent tag. State agencies use the yellow tags and non-state agencies like sheriffs use the orange tag.

I’ll bet this guy was wildlife.
I still see occasional LEO vehicles in NC with standard tags. About a year ago I pulled into a gas station and saw the First Sergeant from the Monroe post of the NCHP with standard white NC plates on his Charger. The only give-away was that his tag number had "NCHP" and his unit number on it. Additionally, the Union County Sheriff's Department in my area uses a couple unmarked/ghost marked Chargers for traffic enforcement and they also have standard NC tags. It would be nice to know why some vehicles have colored tags and some don't.
 

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I still see occasional LEO vehicles in NC with standard tags. About a year ago I pulled into a gas station and saw the First Sergeant from the Monroe post of the NCHP with standard white NC plates on his Charger. The only give-away was that his tag number had "NCHP" and his unit number on it. Additionally, the Union County Sheriff's Department in my area uses a couple unmarked/ghost marked Chargers for traffic enforcement and they also have standard NC tags. It would be nice to know why some vehicles have colored tags and some don't.
Good to know. I’m in Union County often and had no idea they had anything other than the white marked units.
 

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I still see occasional LEO vehicles in NC with standard tags. About a year ago I pulled into a gas station and saw the First Sergeant from the Monroe post of the NCHP with standard white NC plates on his Charger. The only give-away was that his tag number had "NCHP" and his unit number on it. Additionally, the Union County Sheriff's Department in my area uses a couple unmarked/ghost marked Chargers for traffic enforcement and they also have standard NC tags. It would be nice to know why some vehicles have colored tags and some don't.
Yeah, NCHP use the standard plates. You see some detectives and other locals running regular plates. That Tahoe was running a standard plate.
 

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Good to know. I’m in Union County often and had no idea they had anything other than the white marked units.
They have a few slick top / ghost marked Chargers they use for traffic enforcement and patrol. I've seen the deputy that drives the gray car using both laser (Pro Laser 3) and radar in a school zone near my house. That car has a standard white NC license plate so combined with that dark color, he's easy to miss unless you're paying attention.

Here's a photo of the two cars on their websites: https://unioncountysheriffsoffice.com/



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Yeah, NCHP use the standard plates. You see some detectives and other locals running regular plates. That Tahoe was running a standard plate.
Yeah, I'd be curious to know why most of the patrol cars (both state and local) have the colored tags but some still have a standard white NC tag.
 
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As most probably know, NC State Highway Patrol plates are all the civilian white color but the plates read SHP-xxxx.

Living in Denver, CO for 41 years, I was used to the police being harder to spot as they use civilian random plates.
Most state owned NC vehicles stand out like a sore thumb to me.

Somewhat related, I'm starting to see a SUV around here that drives with blue lights lit all the time. I saw the same in Columbia, SC a handful of times. :)
 

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Regular plates? Hidden lights? No visible antennas? That usually means FEDS. Especially that type of vehicle, but they do come in all types and sizes.

You would be shocked to know what those vehicles and equipment installs look like. They do long distance surveillance in packs, and will rotate with other unmarked vehicles to keep the target from suspecting they are being followed. And often they will have local, marked, PD units do the takedown, You probably latched onto a surveillance operation.

Bottom line? They don't care about some speeder, but might care about counter-surveillance vehicles, which happens in big crime world.

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