Police: Driver arrested after he pulls over detective on LI
July 11, 2007, 8:30 AM EDT
BOHEMIA, N.Y. (AP) _ A driver posing as a police officer tried to pull off a bogus traffic stop, but he ran into trouble when the other motorist turned out to be a real off-duty detective, police said.
Robert Lane, 25, was to be arraigned Wednesday after being arrested on charges of criminal impersonation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Suffolk County police said.
Driving an SUV fitted out with flashing lights, Lane stopped the New York police detective on the Sunrise Highway on Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk police said. They said Lane told investigators the detective had cut him off.
The detective became suspicious after Lane drove up alongside him, identified himself as an officer and flashed a small police badge, Suffolk police said. The detective showed his own police ID, told Lane to pull over, followed him when he didn't and called authorities, according to police. The detective's name was not released.
No telephone number for Lane could be found at the Levittown address police gave for him, and police were unsure whether he had a lawyer.
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