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San Luis Obispo man arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo police arrested a man Friday morning for allegedly impersonating an officer after he tried to pull over another vehicle.

Around 11:15 a.m. on Friday, police received a call from an individual saying he believed the person in the vehicle behind him was impersonating a police officer.

The suspect was reportedly trying to pull over the reporting party to conduct a traffic stop at Tank Farm Road and Broad Street.

SLOPD responded to the area and found the suspect driving a black 2011 Dodge Charger equipped with a police-style push bumper and lighting which was inset in the grille. Officers said these modifications made the car look like a police vehicle.

(Photo: San Luis Obispo Police Department)

Police searched the Dodge and found the suspect to be in possession of two collapsible batons, a police-style tactical vest and holster. Officers said they did not locate any firearms during the search.

The 63-year-old San Luis Obispo man was arrested at the scene and booked into the county jail for possession of a collapsible baton and impersonating a peace officer.

After further investigation, officers believe the suspect has impersonated an officer in similar situations throughout the county.

Anyone who has information or believes they may be a victim of a similar crime is encouraged to contact SLOPD at 805-781-7312.

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