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Utah police arrest man allegedly impersonating officer for YouTube video

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SOUTH JORDAN — Police arrested a man who allegedly told them he was pretending to be a police officer to film segments for his YouTube channel.

The 18-year-old man was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of impersonating an officer and reckless driving.

On Monday, South Jordan police were called to the area of the Trans-Jordan Landfill, 10473 S. Bacchus Highway, on a report of a reckless driver, according to a police affidavit.

“The complainant said he saw the suspect drive using red and blue lights impersonating a police officer and having vehicles pull off the side of the road,” the affidavit states. “The complainant said the suspect had vehicles pull off the side of the road and driving very fast going onto oncoming traffic.”

The witness took a picture of the suspect’s vehicle with the lights on, and got a picture of the license plate.

Police looked up the vehicle’s registration and went to the man’s home. When the man pulled into his driveway, he was questioned. Inside his car, police found two Airsoft guns, one resembling a handgun and the other an AR-15, the affidavit states. Red and blue lights were also found, and a police scanner was playing on the man’s phone, according to the affidavit.

“I asked (him) what was going on and he said he was filming a video inside his Dodge Dart acting as a police officer for YouTube,” the affidavit states, “(He) said he was driving over the speed limit and forcing vehicles off the road acting as a police officer for a video.”