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The Today File

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July 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Man accused of impersonating cop, signaling traffic stop

A 21-year-old Poulsbo man was arrested this morning for investigation of criminal impersonation after he allegedly attempting a traffic stop using emergency lights, the Washington State Patrol said.

The State Patrol received a call early this morning from a motorist traveling on the Hood Canal Bridge who said the driver of a Ford F250 truck had attempted to pull the caller’s car over by activating red and blue emergency lights. The caller, after pulling over, said the pickup then passed by and ran a red light at state highways 3 and 104, the State Patrol said.

According to the State Patrol, the caller provided troopers with the pickup’s license-plate number.

Troopers pulled over the pickup just before 2 a.m. near Poulsbo. They found a loaded handgun in the man’s pickup although he did not have a valid concealed-weapons permit. They also found red and blue emergency lights behind the passenger seat, the State Patrol said.

The suspect admitted he used the emergency lights on the Hood Canal Bridge because the vehicle in front of him was going too slow, the State Patrol reported.

The man was booked into Kitsap County Jail for investigation of criminal impersonation and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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