HICKSVILLE, Long Island – A man posing as a police officer in Long Island found out that role-reversal may not have been his best move after he was busted attempting to pull over some real detectives on Friday morning.
Police in Hicksville, Long Island said that two detectives from the Nassau County police electronics squad nabbed a cop-wannabe this weekend when the suspect attempted to pull over their vehicle.
The police say that on Friday morning while driving in an unmarked van in Hicksville, a Nissan Sentra decked out with lights and sirens appeared and attempted to pull the van over. When the detectives stopped the van and hopped out to identify themselves, the suspect reportedly took off, heading into oncoming traffic as he sped away from the officers.
The real detectives quickly pursued the fake police vehicle as the suspect fled on the Long Island Expressway. Unable to get away, the suspect eventually pulled over.
Police say they discovered that 25-year-old Valiery Portlock was arrested and taken into custody without incident. Now, investigators are attempting to determine how long Portlock has been impersonating a police officer, and if he had used the fake identity to commit any additional crimes.
A report from ABC 7 News said that Portlock was in custody pending arraignment Saturday on charges that included criminal impersonation, reckless endangerment and unlawful fleeing from a police officer.
Nassau Police say a #Hicksville man was caught impersonating a police officer. How was he caught, you ask? Well, detectives say he was discovered after trying to pull over…REAL police officers. Detectives, actually. @News12LI pic.twitter.com/i0gp3TCBDZ
— Rich Barrabi (@RichBarrabi) August 17, 2019
Impersonating a police officer is a very serious crime that can come with a hefty punishment price tag. As crazy as these stories are, they happen fairly often.
A Florida man was apprehended last month in Hillsborough County for the same moronic mistake.
The sheriff’s office says 35-year-old Barry Lee Hastings Jr. flipped on some white and amber lights that were installed on his black Crown Victoria. He then pulled behind a man in the eastbound lanes of the roadway.
He picked the wrong car to pull over. Turns out this was a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy.
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When the real cop asked the fake one for his credentials – not one, but two times – Hastings insisted he was a police officer but forgot his credentials back at the office.
He then instructed the deputy to follow him to the “station” so he could get them.
That’s not what happened. Hastings took off when the deputy called 911.
Police caught up to him on Branch Forbes Road. In his car, they found a functional siren box, a CB radio and a light setup.
He was arrested and faces a charge of impersonating an officer.
Police say the same thing happened just a month prior in California.
Video released by the police department shows a traffic stop where police say a fake cop tried to pull over a real cop in Upland.
In the video, you could see the lights from an accused police impersonator’s Jeep Wrangler.
Police say 23-year-old Imroj Singh made a big mistake when he flipped on his red and blue lights while unknowingly trying to stop a detective.
That detective was in an unmarked car on the 210 Freeway near Baseline Street, and as soon as the Rancho Cucamonga detective realized the man wasn’t an officer… he put on his real lights and sirens.
The Jeep sped off, but the detective gave chase. Eventually the driver stopped and got out.
According to police, Singh bought the police lights on the internet and had them installed in his vehicle’s front grill to make it look like he was an undercover law enforcement vehicle. He was arraigned in court on August 5.
Bad luck for these fake cops… but a case in Miami takes the cake.
Back in February, a man impersonating a police officer was shocked when he realized a vehicle he tried to stop was the County Commissioner and former cop, reported NBC 6 Miami news.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez knew something wasn’t right when an SUV with flashing lights attempted to pull him over on the Florida Turnpike. Martinez noticed that the vehicle wasn’t equipped with standard lights and that it was sporting a temporary tag.
Martinez refused to comply and was able to get the attention of an officer on the side of the road, who radioed into dispatch.
The man, Franklin Dixon-Lozano, 27, was arrested and taken into custody. He faces charges of falsely impersonating an officer and also possessing a firearm while committing an offense, said police.
“I thank God it was me that they tried to stop for the simple reason that I know more or less what could be going on,” Martinez said. “Could you imagine a young person or elderly person who just got their license, they probably would have stopped and then what could have happened?”
When will they learn?