A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 28-year-old Salt Lake man who police think is acting as a bogus cop in the Salt Lake area.
Salt Lake police are suspicious the man is "attempting to impersonate a law enforcement officer," according to charges filed in 3rd Circuit Court this week.Court documents say Salt Lake police officer Steven Wooldridge noticed the man driving near 2900 South and Highland Drive June 10 in what appeared to be a police car. But after not recognizing the man as a member of the department, the officer pulled him over.
The car the man was driving was a late 1980s model Chevy Celebrity, the same model of car driven by the Salt Lake Police Department.
According to court documents, the car was equipped with red and white deck lights, a police radio antenna mount, a mounted spotlight with handcuffs on the handle, a notepad clipped to the visor, and a DARE bumper sticker - all characteristic of a law enforcement vehicle.
The man told the officer he had a firearm under the armrest of the front seat. He was cited and released. Monday, he was charged with carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, a misdemeanor.
Because of similar reports of a bogus police officer, a warrant was requested for the man's arrest.