NORTH KINGSVILLE, Ohio — A man pretending to be a police officer was caught and charged because the driver targeted by his bogus traffic stop was a real officer.
Police in North Kingsville, Ohio say an off-duty officer was stopped Sunday night by the alleged impersonator, who was driving a black sport utility vehicle with red and blue emergency-style lights. Village police Chief Hugh Flanigan tells a local newspaper that the unarmed man in civilian clothes repeatedly tried to convince the officer that he was a real lawman, but eventually drove away.
Flanigan says the officer contacted village police, who found the suspect within minutes. A prosecutor says the 42-year-old man faces a misdemeanour charge of impersonating an officer.