An unknown couple armed with a colour photocopier is on the run after crashing their car in Port Coquitlam, B.C. on Wednesday, January 8. RCMP arrived and found "one of the worst licence plate forgeries they had ever seen," according to officers. The plate was clearly fake and made out of what looks like printer paper. However, this is more than just a joke; RCMP say the car crash with a paper license plate could have endangered lives.

The fake license plate is a forgery of an Alberta plate. It's unknown whether the plate number belongs to some other driver out there.

After their car lost a wheel and crashed near Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam, the couple inside immediately fled. RCMP inspecting the crash site found the fake license plate under a license plate cover. 

"At first blush this licence plate is terribly funny, but there are serious consequences," said Corporal Michael McLaughlin in a press release.

McLaughlin said that license plate covers are dangerous because they hide what's underneath, and that people with fake plates could be driving without insurance.

"That’s both unsafe and unfair to other road users who follow the rules and pay their premiums," McLaughlin said.

The abandoned car has since been seized for disposal, according to RCMP. Their release states that it is a 2005 Nissan Altima.

On closer examination, it's clear that the plate is a two-dimensional image of an actual license plate.

But from further away, maybe it's hard to tell; it's legible, after all — and how often do we scrutinize other cars' license plates?

Let this be a lesson to all drivers to be careful of the cars around us. Because who knows if that driver a lane away is packing paper?

Narcity has reached out to RCMP for comment, this article will be updated when they reply.

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