Oops! Pretend cop pulls over real cop
August 11, 2015
Officials in northeast Ohio say a man pretended to be a police officer. He has been caught. Turns out, the driver targeted by his fake traffic stop was a real officer.
Police in North Kingsville say an off-duty Youngstown officer was stopped Aug. 2. The real officer was stopped by the suspected fake officer. The man was driving a black sport utility vehicle. It had red and blue emergency-style lights.
Village police Chief Hugh Flanigan spoke with The Star-Beacon newspaper. It's in Ashtabula. Flanigan said the man was dressed in civilian clothes. The man was not carrying a weapon. Flanigan said the man tried to make the Youngstown officer believe that he was a real lawman. Eventually, the fake cop drove away.
Flanigan says the real officer called the village police. They found the suspect. It didn't take long, only minutes. A lawyer says the 42-year-old suspect is from North Kingsville. The man faces a charge of pretending to be an officer.
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