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Police Impersonator Turns Out to Be Sheriff's Fire Investigator

Police Impersonator Turns Out to Be Sheriff's Fire Investigator

Associated Press

January 05, 2011

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol says a man reported by a woman driver as a police impersonator in Kitsap County was really a King County sheriff’s fire investigator.

Trooper Krista Hedstrom says the man told troopers on Tuesday that he was driving home Monday in his work vehicle when he saw a woman driver talking on her cell phone. He says he motioned at her to get off the phone and held up a sign that said “Sheriff” to show his position of authority.

The woman left the highway and called 911.

King County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart says the unidentified investigator contacted troopers when he saw news reports about the incident.

Urquhart says the man flashed his lights and sounded his siren, but did not attempt to pull the woman over.

The spokesman tells the Kitsap Sun the sheriff’s office will investigate.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    In all the jurisdictions I am familiar with, he would be a Peace Officer, by statutes. He didn't try to pull her over. He did show a sign "Sheriff" so what? He is part of the Sheriff Office. He was doing the right thing and this "woman" just got upset... At the "road invasion of privacy"?
    Too bad she didn't get a citation. Perhaps the Sheriff Office can sent her one in the mail, now that they have the evidence and know who she is... (just sayin') LOL.

  • Thumbnailcadtx9dg_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Methinks she doth protest too much!

  • Here_and_there_052_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump, Robocop--as noted, the guy is a Sheriff's Office investigator, so it's likely he is a Deputy or deputized investigator. The biggest news then is--there is no news: obviously this was a slow news day (and, being from the Seattle area, most days on the Kitsap Peninsula are slow news day--and that's how most folks there like it!). I guess the headline of "Police Impersonator Wasn't" didn't sound as sexy...

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The lady taking on her cell phone and smoking a cigarette while driving. Some folks never learn. Was she outraged some one wanted her to end her precious cell phone call? If she injures someone while being distracted she may get a "jail cell phone call" to her lawyer.

  • Ocp-me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    In Texas, this "impersonating a LEO" charge wouldn't stick. The woman, obviously was not following any "pretended" authority. She indicated this when she "exited" the freeway and went about her merry way without "stopping" for this Fire Investigator. I hope Washington's "impersonation" laws are similar. Wouldn't want a Fire Investigator to get in trouble for helping out the community. (By that, I mean getting some one off their cell phone)

    I have never heard of anyone dying while flashing a Sheriff sign or activating over head lights to catch the attention of a cell phone user while driving. However, I can cite PLENTY of deaths and accidents involving nothing more than a distracted cell phone user.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Many Firemen who are investigators use this type of placard simply because the word FIRE doesnt get the same effect on their dashboards. This man was doing the right thing, considering the accidents that are caused by people talking and driving on cell phones, this woman felt the need to dial 911 which is ok, but she should now be given a ticket for her cell phone usage.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    One of my partners became a Det. and then was assigned as the Arson Investigator and Fie Investigator. He was a full-time LEO just as much as any other Det. This "sign" that said Sheriff could have been a windshield placard or imprinted on his safety vest. Fact is, he is not an impersonator but a LEO. The complainant should have been told to hang up her dang cellphone and once they determined it was in fact a real LEO it should have been dropped.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thanks rsmith6322

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    good jod

  • Pl_avatar_max50


    over 3 years ago


    OK, no more siren, no more sheriff sign for this dude. I don't know the particulars of that area, but why does a "fire investigator" need that stuff anyway. He's not a first responder, is he? A little short of common sense, sounds like.

  • 100_0610_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I would bet the "Sheriff" sign is for parking if its an unmarked vehicle he was driving. That is done alot here..

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    We have had more than enough whackjobs here in Washington impersonating Officers. I truly dont understand why a "Fire investigator" thought it appropriate to flash his Sheriffs sign to this woman on her cell phone. And why the lights and sirens? But he made no attempt to pull her over? Im willing to bet, if this woman would have began to pull over like most law abiding citizens do in this situation-He would have pulled over also. Im not buyin this crock of bull for a second. Kitsap County/Port Orchard is a somewhat desolate(rural) long stretch of highway..I dont blame this woman for being fearful and calling 911...I would have done the same thing.. Sounds like fireguy needs stick to fires. He used poor judgement on this one..

  • Rod_b_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What an idiot...Not worth our time.

  • Thinker_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The questions to be answered are is a Fire Investigator in WA considered to be an LEO for purposes of traffic enforcement, are they authorized to write traffic citations, and if so does a Fire Investigator work under the authority of the Sheriff, therefore justifying the display of a Sheriff sign/plaque. Either way, I think Fire Investigators need to investigate fires and leave traffic enforcement to the Police, Sheriff, or State Patrol...

  • Justice-400_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What he did was stupid, but the fact that he came forward shows he's taking responsibility.

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