VISALIA, CALIFORNIA — A man posing as an officer chose the wrong vehicle to pull over. It was an off-duty cop, and he knew what was happening from the start.
Note: This goes to show, if you don’t know your city’s or county’s police lights, you can potentially place yourself in danger by complying with unmarked cars. Definitely better learn how your local police lights look, right?
According to KRON-4, 29-year-old Brandon Freeman took a chance on crime by pulling over a car using his own aftermarket light. However, the driver was actually an off-duty Visalia officer.
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On Monday, January 1, Freeman was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer. Also, he was charged with forgery after fake documents were found in his car.
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The source reports that Sergeant Damon Maurice mentioned the off-duty police noticed the lights behind him. He knew Freeman was a fake cop because the lights weren’t standard for police vehicles.
“It was some type of after-market light you could purchase through various online outlets. [Freeman] had it inside of his vehicle and perched it inside for the driver in front of him to see.”
Well, that’s when the off-duty officer intentionally led Freeman closer to Visalia. At the same time, the officer was informing other on-duty authorities regarding the impostor.
Before Freeman could realize what was happening, he was surrounded by several police cars.
According to the source, Visalia officers hadn’t received reports of someone committing this impersonation recently. Likewise, the officers mentioned they’d not had contact with Freeman before.
KRON-4 reports as follows.
“State law requires all drivers to pull over when they see emergency lights. While the chance of an [impostor] pulling you over is slim — if you question it, you can ask to verify a real cop pulled you over.”
“[Drivers] can ask for a proper identification from the person who’s approaching their vehicle,” Sergeant Maurice says. “If they have any questions at all, probably the best and safest thing is to call the local jurisdiction to verify.”
Freeman also had another person in his car — who was arrested for having outstanding felony warrants.
However, Freeman’s charges are only misdemeanors.
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