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Cop impersonator pulls over real police officer
By Associated Press, 6/12/2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man impersonating a police officer was arrested after he tried to pull over a motorist -- who turned out to be a real cop.

The off duty officer became suspicious because the lights on the impostor's car were blue. Kansas City police use a combination of blue and red flashing lights, said police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart.

The officer called a dispatcher and a nearby patrol car tried to stop the suspect, who was driving a blue Crown Victoria, a vehicle commonly used by police.

The suspect led police on a six-mile chase that ended after officers used "stop sticks" to puncture the suspect's tires. The man lost control of his car and crashed into a utility pole, Lockhart said.

The 30-year-old suspect, who was not identified, jumped out of his car and ran a short distance before he was captured.

Authorities were questioning the man Wednesday and had not released a possible motive. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.
 
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