Oops! Pretend cop pulls over real cop (Thinkstock)
Oops! Pretend cop pulls over real cop
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Authorities in northeast Ohio say a man pretending to be a police officer was 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 officer was stopped by the alleged impersonator. He was driving a black sport utility vehicle. It had red and blue emergency-style lights.
 
Village police Chief Hugh Flanigan tells The Star-Beacon newspaper in Ashtabula that the unarmed man was dressed in regular clothes. Flanigan said the man repeatedly tried to convince the Youngstown officer that he was a real lawman. Eventually, the fake cop drove away.
 
Flanigan says the officer contacted village police. They found the suspect within minutes. A prosecutor says the 42-year-old North Kingsville man faces a misdemeanor charge of impersonating an officer.

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  • p2-sara-pen
    8/13/2015 - 10:18 a.m.

    The harm in that he lied to a real cop and pretended to be a cop. I think the man that was faking to be a cop wasn't very smart. You don't just pretend to be a cop for no reason because that make no since and then the police will have a reason to arrest them. I honestly don't think that was a great idea.

  • qjones-cel
    8/14/2015 - 10:37 a.m.

    In life there are always times to have fun, but also too be serious. Impersonating an officer is not fun, nor a joke, whatsoever. There are many negative possibilities that could have resulted from the suspect's actions. For example, the off duty police officer could have possibly been a fugitive on the run. This crime may be extremely rare, but it could possibly result in the worst results. To make a long story short, the largest harm in "impersonating an officer" maybe losing an "officer".

    • polkablaashley-kid
      10/08/2015 - 11:59 a.m.

      It really isn't a joke or funny. His little "joke" could have turned bad fast. He should have thought before he did anything.

      • martinezyolanda-kid
        10/08/2015 - 01:45 p.m.

        The second person who posted your right that it s not a joke .It is very serious but even though you made a good point you express how you are really fell about the topic.

      • guerreroserina-kid
        10/08/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

        That is how I felt something bad could have happened and the impersonator wouldn't have know what to do.

        • sharettenathaniel-kid
          10/08/2015 - 02:45 p.m.

          I could imagine this guy getting into some bad trouble because, he has no back-up.

          • reedemartine-kid
            10/08/2015 - 03:01 p.m.

            i could imagine that to sharette

      • hortatravis-ben-kid
        10/08/2015 - 02:17 p.m.

        sometimes things happen with out the thought

        • penrodandreanna-kid
          10/08/2015 - 02:25 p.m.

          but what he did as a jkoe is a crime..

          • youvellatelena-kid
            10/08/2015 - 02:51 p.m.

            He couldve at least done better either way..its submitted as a high crime to impersonate a police

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