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VIPD: ‘Don’t Be Alarmed By Suspicious Activities On Roadways … It Could Be A WAPA Vehicle’

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department said that it is “aware of information being shared on social media in which an individual reported being followed by a white sedan which  tried to stop her with WHITE  strobe lights on and she felt her life was in danger.”

“The VIPD is looking into this incident,” spokesman Glen Dratte said this evening. “The VIPD Is advising the motoring public to be cognizant while driving on all roadways in the territory and keep in mind that as a result of recent storms the islands now has numerous vehicles outfitted with strobe lights in various colors Non-emergency lights are white,  utilities are amber such as,  WAPA, tow trucks (wreckers).” You can find more information on emergency vehicle lights when looking at emergency Vehicle Mini Lightbars and the different color specifications.

It is important to remember that the strobe lights of police vehicles are blue, and fire and ambulance strobe lights are red, Dratte said.

“We thank the individual for making us aware of the incident and we ask the community to continue to be vigilant in reporting any and all suspicious activities by calling 911,” he said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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