Teen in trouble for impersonating a police officer
TERRACE HEIGHTS--An East Valley teen is in some hot water after police say he drove around town pretending to be an officer himself.
Yakima County Sheriff's deputies say the suspect outfitted his car with police-style lights and a siren, and even tried to pull over drivers.
Over the past few days, the Yakima County Sheriff's Office had been getting calls about a suspicious truck with red and blue emergency lights and a siren driving in the area of 41st Street and Terrace Heights Drive.
Deputies say the suspect got at least one driver to pull over, but then the fake police car drove off.
Deputies tracked down the truck around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
They say the kid admitted he just wanted to play police officer, but deputies say their job isn't a game.
"When we get reports of people impersonating police officers we take that as a very serious incident," Sgt. George Town, Yakima County Sheriff's Office, said. "We were very actively trying to locate the subject."
Town said YSO doesn't get these type of reports very often. It's only the second time he's can remember this happening in more than 20 years on the force.
The teen will be charged with criminal impersonation of a police officer.