Fake cop pulls over car. Realizes the guy he pulled over was a real cop in an unmarked cruiser.

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DALLAS, TX – An 18-year-old man has been arrested after he sped past an unmarked police vehicle while allegedly having red and blue lights on.

The officer driving the unmarked car thought he was getting pulled over until the truck sped past him.

The incident reportedly occurred when the officer was driving the unmarked police vehicle on North Central Expressway around 11:30 pm on January 9th.

The unnamed officer alleges that as they were driving down the street, he noticed a vehicle get behind him with red and blue lights activated.

The officer believed that the car might be an emergency vehicle and proceeded to yield around the 8600 block of North Central Expressway.

According to the arrest affidavit, when the officer was yielding, the vehicle with the emergency lights pulled in behind him, making him think he was getting pulled over.

As the officer made it to the side of the road, the vehicle turned off the emergency lights and sped past him. It was then that the officer noticed the vehicle was a pickup truck with lowered suspension, Instagram sticker on the back window, and spiked lug nuts.

Suspecting that this would not be a vehicle that a police officer would be driving, the officer called for uniformed vehicles that were in the area so that it could be stopped.

The officer followed the truck until officers from the Plano and Dallas Police Department roughly 11 miles away from the initial encounter near the 3500 block of Wilshire Way in Richardson.

When police made contact with the alleged driver, 18-year-old Alexis Estrada Lopez, they noticed two strobe lights with glass-mounting suction cups which were resting on the floorboard of the truck.

Police also located a hardwired siren, air horn, and speakers mounted inside the grill of the truck. Police did not advise if they impounded the truck or seized any of the equipment that was found inside.

Estrada was taken into custody for allegedly impersonating a public servant without incident. Police noted there were two passengers inside of Estrada’s truck which were released from the scene.

Officers noted that Estrada admitted to turning on the red and blue emergency lights while following the unmarked cop car. Estrada allegedly said that he did so because the officer was speeding, and he was trying to slow him down.

Of course, that would be difficult to explain to a judge, considering officers noted he was driving at speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour before he was stopped.

Estrada was transported to the Dallas County Jail and was assigned a $1,500 bond for the criminal offense. He has since bonded out pending a future court date on the matter.

Police warn that anyone who is getting pulled over by an unmarked vehicle to slow down and wait until they are in a well-lit and populated area to stop. If the person who is trying to pull you over is a police officer, they will understand why you did so after you explain. 

Another way to ensure that the vehicle trying to pull you over is a police vehicle is to call 911. Your phone should connect to the jurisdiction in which you are located so you can ask them if you are being pulled over.

Dispatch and the officers should understand why you called 911 and will let you know that it is a cop…or is not and they will send officers to your location.

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‘Those dudes don’t look like cops’: Five charged with impersonating police officers while hunting down man

GASTONIA, NC – Five people who were looking for someone at a hotel in North Carolina have been arrested after police allege they were identifying themselves as Gastonia Police Officers.

 

Officers with the Gastonia Police Department responded to a possibly burglary in progress when patrons of a motel on East Franklin Avenue reported a group of men going through the complex identifying themselves as cops.

The patrons who reported the group for some reason did not buy that the five men were police officers.

As police arrived on scene, they located the five who were allegedly identifying themselves as officers with the police department.

As they had the group detained, the officers learned they were accused of illegally entering at least two different motel rooms by an unknown means.

The group would shine flashlights into the room and identifying themselves as Gastonia Police Officers if there was anyone in the room.

Officers developed probable cause and arrested the five for impersonating a police officer.

The five who were arrested, Malique Jordan Nelson, 23, Marcus Nelson, 21, Donquavius Averon Boyd, 27, Rodrick Duane Daniels, 37, and Jameere Dashun Ollison were given a $2,500 bond after their arrest.

The Gastonia Police Department were not able to discover exactly why the group was looking for the person, although, since one of them was armed with a gun, odds are the reason was not good. Gastonia Police Department spokesman Rick Goodale told the Observer:

“We do not know what the ultimate motive was for these individuals, especially since one of them was armed. A serious tragedy may have been averted because the person who called us saw something and said something.”

Thankfully, in this circumstance, the group who were falsely identifying themselves as officers were caught before anything violent could happen.

But what if this situation happened to you – how would you know if the person you are talking to is really a police officer or not?

There are a few different ways to ensure that the person you are dealing with is really a law enforcement officer. One of the easiest ways is to simply call 911 when someone approaches you and identifies themselves as an officer, with or without a badge displayed.

If it is a real officer and you tell them what you are doing, they should understand. When you reach the 911 operator, ask them to confirm that you are really with a police officer, and they should be able to do so rather quickly.

Another way to ensure that you are talking with a real officer, especially when they are not in a patrol uniform, is to ask them to show you their police identification.

Every officer is required by their department policy to have their department issued ID on them which will confirm that they really are an officer and not just playing one.

When it comes to traffic stops, if it is a fully marked police officer, odds are the person who is driving is a real officer, but how about the times when it is unmarked car?

The answer is simple, if you are unsure that the vehicle trying to stop you is an officer or not, you again can call 911 and explain why you are calling. If it is in fact an officer, the operator will be able to let you know rather quickly.

If you do not have cell reception or do not want to call 911, simply drive to a well-lit area, hopefully with some people around, and then pull over.

While you continue to drive, slow down and put your hazards on so that the officer has an idea of what it is that you are trying to do. Any professional law enforcement officer will understand and appreciate what you are doing.

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