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Impersonating a police officer charge filed after motorist stopped with police lights on his jeep

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A Lansing, Ill., man was arrested Sunday on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer, following a traffic stop on I-80/94 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 10:20 p.m. a trooper was westbound on I-80/94 when, near the 6 mile marker, he clocked a tan Jeep Cherokee--with red and blue emergency lighting activated--at 90 miles per hour in a zone posted at 55 mph. The vehicle “was also observed driving recklessly with the emergency lighting activated, causing other motorists to yield (as required by state statute) for a vehicle operating with emergency lights,” police said.

The trooper conducted a computer check on the Jeep Cherokee and determined that “it was not an actual law enforcement vehicle,” then executed a traffic stop at the 0.3 mile marker, police said.

“As the trooper approached the vehicle, he observed the driver”--identified as Collin J. Hamlin, 21--“frantically trying to unplug the flashing lights from the power outlet,” police said.

“Further investigation revealed that the driver had always wanted to be cop since he had been a junior cadet with a police department in Illinois,” police said.

Hamlin was arrested on charges of impersonation of a law enforcement officer and reckless driving, issued citations for emergency lights in an unauthorized private vehicle, unsafe lane movement, and following too closely, and transported to Lake County Jail.


Posted 1/6/2020






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