A 25-year-old man who was pretending to be a police officer got quite a surprise when he pulled over a van of detectives on Long Island, leading to a chase on the Long Island Expressway, and his arrest, police said.
The incident happened on Friday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. in Hicksville., Nassau County Police said
The man, Valiery Portlock, of Hicksville, was traveling northbound on Hicksville Road in a black Nissan Sentra in the vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue when he activated his air horn and emergency lights in an attempt to pull over a van, according to police.
The van was occupied by Nassau County Electronics Squad detectives.
The detectives, while stopped in traffic, identified themselves and approached Portlock's vehicle, police said. Portlock then fled the scene, swerved into oncoming traffic and refused to stop, according to police.
Portlock continued to drive at a high rate of speed onto the Long Island Expressway. Nassau County Highway Patrol officers soon spotted Portlock and initiated a traffic stop. Portlock was then placed under arrest without incident.
Portlock has been charged with criminal impersonation, reckless endangerment and unlawful fleeing from a police officer as well as multiple traffic violations.
He is due to be arraigned on Saturday, Aug. 17 at First District Court in Hempstead.
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