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Tara Fowler
August 05, 2015 11:15 AM

A man posing as a police officer was arrested in North Kingsville, Ohio, after he pulled over a real cop.

An off-duty Youngstown officer called police in North Kingsville on Sunday evening to report that he had been stopped by a black Chevy Tahoe that displayed red and blue emergency lights, The Star Beacon reports.

A man wearing civilian clothes got out of the car and approached him. The Youngstown officer tried “repeatedly” to convince the man, identified as 42-year-old Howard Maldonado, that he was a real cop. When he finally did, Maldonado got back in his car and drove away.

That’s when the officer called local police to report the incident. Maldonado was arrested nearby just minutes later and charged with impersonating a police officer.

Authorities have yet to figure out why Maldonado pulled the car over or why his own vehicle was decked out with emergency-style lights.

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