Fake Cop Stops Teen For Speeding

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SHELBY, Ohio -- A man is accused of pulling over a speeding teenager, and taking the law into his own hands by pretending to be a police officer.

David Rogers, 28, of Mansfield, did not comment to FOX 8 when we stopped by his home.

But the Ohio State Highway Patrol says he pretended to be a police officer when he pulled over a 17-year-old boy on Route 314 near Shelby in Richland County.

Sgt. Mike Roth says on March 29, the teen was driving home from school when he came upon a tan Chevy Avalanche, and passed it on a double yellow line.

"He does admit to speeding up to around 75 miles an hour, at which time this tan Avalanche turns on its strobe flashing lights, and he pulls over for it," said Sgt. Roth.

Investigators say Rogers got out of his vehicle, identified himself as an off-duty police officer, asked for the teen's license and his cell phone. He used the phone to call the boy's father.

"He tells him that his son was stopped for speeding in excess of 80 and passing on a double yellow line and that he's not gonna give him a ticket, he's just gonna send him home and make sure that he takes care of any corrective action," said Roth.

But when the boy tells his father the whole story, he gets suspicious and calls police to report the incident.

State troopers say more than a week later, the teenager was driving around Mansfield and saw the same truck, with the same driver, he wrote down the license plate number and called his father, who called police.

"There's no intent seen in the victim or even after we interviewed the suspect that his intent was to cause any harm, kidnap, cause any damage," Sgt. Roth said.

Roth also says the vehicle did have flashing red lights, which are legal, but they cannot be used to impersonate an officer.

He says flashing blue lights are only reserved for police vehicles and drivers who are pulled over should look for a marked cruiser and an officer in uniform.

"You can also ask the officer for his identification. He'll have a legitimate badge on him, and he should have some sort of identification that he can show you," Sgt. Roth added.

Rogers is scheduled to appear in Mansfield Municipal Court Friday morning.