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Police: Fake cops in a Prius tried to pull over victim

TURLOCK, CALIF. The fact that the police cruiser was a Toyota Prius might have been a clue that the cops were fake. Turlock Police said Friday that officers arrested two men on charges of impersonating a police officer after receiving a cal

TURLOCK, CALIF.  The fact that the police cruiser was a Toyota Prius might have been a clue that the cops were fake.

 

Turlock Police said Friday that officers arrested two men on charges of impersonating a police officer after receiving a call that they had tried to pull someone over. According to police, someone called 911 at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday reporting that someone in a Prius equipped with red and blue lights had tried to pull the driver over.

“Officers began checking the area of Countryside Drive and West Monte Vista Avenue for the responsible vehicle and did not locate the vehicle initially,” police said in a post on the department’s Facebook page. “Approximately two hours later, the responsible vehicle was located by an officer on patrol,”

Real police officers conducted a traffic stop and contacted Saul Rodriguez, 20, and Michael Reynolds, 18. Red and blue emergency lighting equipment was found in the Pruis, authorities said. Rodriguez and Reynolds were taken into custody.

Police wanted to remind anyone who believes he or she has been contacted by someone impersonating a police officer to call 911.

“As a citizen, you can ask for identification from a police officer or contact that officer’s department to verify their employment,” police said. “If you are stopped while driving your vehicle by a unmarked police vehicle, pull over in a well-lit and or well-populated area. If the person who has stopped you is wearing plain clothing you can ask for either a supervisor or for a fully marked patrol vehicle to respond to your area.”

However, authorities cautioned, anyone who flees from an officer without justification can be charged with a crime.

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