Police: Fake officer tried to pull over off-duty Ohio cop

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Posted: Aug 04, 2015 9:14 AM

NORTH KINGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northeast Ohio say a man pretending to be a police officer was caught and charged because the driver targeted by his bogus traffic stop was a real officer.

Police in North Kingsville say an off-duty Youngstown officer was stopped Sunday night by the alleged impersonator, who was driving a black sport utility vehicle with red and blue emergency-style lights. Village police Chief Hugh Flanigan tells The Star-Beacon (http://bit.ly/1IVCcGO ) in nearby Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO'-luh) that the unarmed man in civilian clothes repeatedly tried to convince the Youngstown officer that he was a real lawman, but eventually drove away.

Flanigan says the officer contacted village police, who found the suspect within minutes. A prosecutor says the 42-year-old North Kingsville man faces a misdemeanor charge of impersonating an officer.

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Information from: The Star-Beacon, http://www.starbeacon.com