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Real RCMP officer spots fake cop pulling over cars in Peachland

May 04, 2021 - 2:11 PM

A man is facing possible charges after he was caught impersonating a police officer and allegedly conducting a traffic stop in Peachland this past weekend

An off-duty police officer noticed a non-police vehicle with what appeared to be police lights in its grill, May 1, around 3 p.m., according to an RCMP media release. The SUV appeared to have another car pulled over near the intersection of Highway 97 and Drought Road in Peachland.

The concerned officer called it in and an on-duty officer attended, found the suspicious vehicle and initiated an investigation.

The white smaller-sized SUV had strobing lights on the dash, consistent with police vehicles, RCMP said. The driver appeared to have consumed alcohol and open liquor was found inside his vehicle.

READ MORE: Second driver stopped by police impersonator in the Okanagan

A 64-year-old man was arrested and and later released on conditions for a future court date, RCMP said. He was also issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded under the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act.

The investigation is ongoing, and the findings will be submitted to the B.C. Prosecution Service for a review and charge assessment.

“RCMP is appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any other information that may aid our investigators to contact the West Kelowna RCMP,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthysaid in the release. “We will be looking into potential connections with other reports of possible police impersonation. At this time, we have not established any direct links.”

In March, reports of a police impersonator were investigated along Highway 33 and between Vernon and Enderby.

Anyone with information on the May 1 incident can contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

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