WASHINGTON – Pretending to be a police officer isn’t a great idea in the first place. Pulling over an actual police officer only makes matters worse.
According to Prince William County Police, a man driving a white Crown Victoria used a spotlight to get a car in front of him to pull over.
“The driver believed that he was being pulled over, so he lawfully stopped,” says officer Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the department.
This happened early Thursday morning in the Dumfries area.
But instead of parking behind the vehicle and walking up like a typical traffic stop, the alleged phony cop drove right up next to the stopped car.
The other driver — an actual police officer — sensed something amiss.
“At that point, [he] identified himself as a police officer and actually showed his badge, which caused our suspect to flee the area,” Perok says.
Police were able to catch the alleged phony cop. He’s been charged with one count of impersonating an officer.