A group of track runners from West Point gave one local driver a scare Sunday afternoon when they held up a note saying they needed help because the driver of their van was “crazy,” Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli confirmed Tuesday. The note was held up as a “prank by cadets from the track team at the West Point Military Academy,” Batelli said.
The prank worked a little too well. Batelli said a driver following the cadet’s green Chevorlet on Route 287 called police to report the incident. The “received a call from Franklin Lakes PD [telling us about] a car with that sign on the back of it. Our officers stopped the vehicle on Route 287,” Batelli said.
The driver of the van, also a West Point Cadet, did not know about the prank, Batelli said. “The driver was not detained and no further action was taken,” Batelli said.
The police chief called the prank a “very minor incident.”