Youngstown cop helps nab police impersonator

NORTH KINGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Investigators in Ashtabula County 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 police officer, from the Mahoning Valley.

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 newspaper 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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