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Man accused of impersonating an officer

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PASCO, Wash.—A man is accused of impersonating a police officer Thursday night, now police are investigating whether or not it was an isolated incident.

A Franklin County Detective says around 11:30pm Thursday 44-year-old Jeffery Yates was flashing his lights at other cars on State Route 395 near Mesa. 

"The person from the vehicle flashing its lights walked up to their car, tapped on their window and said that they were a police officer," says Detective Jason Nunez, Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Nunez says the suspect was not wearing a police uniform.  The driver called 911, which is exactly what anyone should do in a similar situation. 

"Pick up your cell phone, call and report what's happening because generally the dispatcher on the other end that you're going to talk to is going to be able to tell you if you're being stopped by a police officer or not," says Captain Jim Raymond, Pasco Police Department.

Raymond says to then pull over in a lighted area where other people are around.  He also says to not roll down your window if you are skeptical.

"There's always a fear that people getting pulled over from someone who may have criminal intentions, and we don't know what his intentions were last night, says Detective Jason Nunez, Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Jeffery Yates was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer, possessing prescription drugs without a prescription, threatening a police officer, and is under investigation for driving under the influence.

Police are now looking to whether or not Yates stopped other cars.  If you have any information call police.   

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