18-year-old accused of allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer in Grande Prairie

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A Grande Prairie teenager faces a charge after he allegedly posed as a law enforcement officer and stopped a vehicle Friday night.

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At around 9:45 p.m. on October 29, Grande Prairie RCMP received a call about a person believed to be posing as a police officer.

The caller told RCMP that after turning west on 116 Avenue off 92 Street, an older model white Ford Explorer began flashing red and blue LEDs on the vehicle’s dash. The driver pulled to the side of the road when a man allegedly approached the driver’s side of the truck and told the driver it was a joke, RCMP said in a news release Saturday.

The driver reportedly drove away and the suspect followed for a short time before turning north on Lakeland Drive.

RCMP initially asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who was described as dark-skinned, with a tall athletic build, between 18 and 20 years old, and wearing a short-sleeved uniform with a police badge on a gold chain.

Mounties said that thanks to information received from the public, they were able to continue the investigation and locate the vehicle and arrest the suspect.

A man faces a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer. Police did not release the man’s name on Saturday. RCMP said he was released and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Nov. 24.

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