A teenager found himself in hot water in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after police say he impersonated an officer during a traffic stop last month (body cam footage at bottom).

According to the REAL police, 18-year-old Brenden Wysynski was driving a grey Ford sedan with no police markings.  They say that’s when he pulled over a vehicle near Fourth Street and I-40 for allegedly going 120 mph on the highway.

The other big no-no? They say Wysynski’s vehicle had flashing red and blue lights and a police radio.


Here’s how he got caught. An officer with the Albequerque Police Department (APD) said that Wysynski waved to him as he passed by the fake traffic stop.  The officer then stopped to assist him.

“The criminal complaint stated Wysynski was dressed in plain clothes but that he had a ‘star-shaped badge’ on his belt and told police he was a deputy with BCSO,” reported local media.

According to the officer, the teenager told him his name.  He then allegedly claimed he had worked for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) for the past three years.

It was all caught on bodycam footage.  The moment was caught Wysynski points to the badge on his belt and tells the officer “This is all I got,” when he is asked to give identification to the officer.

It lead to the police asking where he got the badge, to which the teen said he bought it online.

The teen’s story quickly changed, and he said it had belonged to his father who worked for the BCSO before his death.

It didn’t take long to find out that nobody with that last name had ever worked for the department.

Wysynski allegedly told police his birth year was 1994.  But according to his vehicle’s registration, it was 2001… a fact officers confirmed when they searched the police database.

According to the police report, when they arrested Wysynski and put him in the back of their car, he fessed up, said he bought the badge online and admitted he’d never worked for the BCSO.

“I’m just gonna be straight-up with you. I’m not a cop,” the young man said.

Ironically, before this arrest, his only bust was reportedly a speeding ticket.


Back in August, we reported about a woman who police say reported her car stolen while running from police in that “stolen” vehicle.

A 20-year-old woman called 911 to report that a vehicle which was actively involved in a police pursuit was hers and that it had been stolen moments earlier.  What she failed to mention to the dispatcher—she was the one driving the vehicle in the pursuit.

According to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday August 13th,  a deputy sheriff was conducting a routine patrol on Highway 30 in Clinton, when a 1998 gray Buick Century passed him going east bound at a high rate of speed. 

The officer proceeded to get into the east bound lanes and pursue the vehicle.  When the officer was able to catch up to the speeding vehicle, he attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The driver increased the rate of speed, ran a red light, and then pulled into a parking lot. 

The report goes on to state that, after the driver pulled the vehicle into the parking lot they turned around, exited the parking lot and proceeded west bound back down Highway 30. The officer continued the pursuit attempting to get the erratic driver to stop the vehicle.

During the pursuit, dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman claiming her car had recently been stolen from a parking lot in a neighboring town Low Moor.  According to reports, the caller claimed she had left her keys inside her vehicle, a gray 1998 Buick Century, which happened to match the description of the vehicle that officers were in pursuit with.

KWQC news reported that:

“The pursuit went through [the neighboring towns of] Low Moor, where the driver ran a stop sign, and then through Folletts, where the driver ran another stop sign.”  The driver than proceeded across the Wapsi River which led the pursuit out of Clinton County and into Scott County.

Officers from the LeClaire police department deployed a stop stick, a device that is used from the side of the road by law enforcement officers which involves multidirectional metal spikes used to deflate tires on vehicles during high speed pursuits. 

The device also allows officers who deploy the stop stick to pull on a cord attached to the stick to remove the device before police cruisers pass over it. The attempt by the LeClaire police to stop the driver, were unsuccessful. 

The pursuit continued on through Scott county, where the Iowa State Police joined the other departments attempting to stop the vehicle.   The pursuit came to an end, when the State Police were able to successfully deploy stop sticks, disabling the Buick’s tires.

The car finally came to a stop on Middle Road which is just north of Interstate 80 in Scott County.  The pursuit lasted just short of one hour, and involved multiple police agencies including, LeClaire Police, Clinton County Sheriff Bettendorf Police, and Iowa State Police.

When officers took the driver into custody, they identified her as 20 – year — old Rachel Thornburg of Davenport Iowa.  Police were able to determine that Thornburg was the owner of the vehicle. 

Shortly after taking her into custody, the officers also confirmed that Thornburg had called 911 in the midst of the high-speed pursuit and told dispatchers her vehicle had been stolen.

The New York Daily News reported that Clinton County Sheriff Rick Lincoln “When she took off running, and we got the call, we thought: ‘Oh sure’.”

Thornburg has been charged with She’s been charged with Eluding, Driving While License Under Suspension, Speeding, and Reckless Driving.  She was taken to the Clinton County Jail where she was placed under a bail amount of $2,000.

Multiple sources report that Thornburg had yet to post bail on the evening on August 13th

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The week before that in Hicksville, Long Island, a man posing as a police officer found out that role-reversal may not have been his best move after he was busted attempting to pull over some real detectives.

Police in Hicksville, Long Island said that two detectives from the Nassau County police electronics squad nabbed a cop-wannabe when the suspect attempted to pull over their vehicle.

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Nassau County police nabbed the fake cop when he attempted to pull over a van full of detectives. (Photo courtesy Eric Jackson)


The police say that  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 busted Valiery Portlock when he tried to stop an unmarked police van. (Nassau County Police)


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.


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.

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?

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