A man who allegedly impersonated a police officer in Las Vegas was arrested after pulling over a real cop in an unmarked vehicle.
An on-duty Vegas officer in a plain patrol car busted Pedro Franco, 29, one day after he allegedly pulled over a driver on US 95 near Sunset Road in January, an arrest report shows.
The driver told cops a suspect in a Hyundai Tucson – which was outfitted with red and blue sirens on its grill – pulled him over but then drove off, police said.
The alert motorist then followed the compact SUV and took down its license plate before relaying the incident to police later that day, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Franco then tried the same scheme the following morning, on Jan. 23 – but this time picked the officer as his potential victim, police said.
Like the day before, the Hyundai kept driving after the stop, but the officer followed the SUV to a nearby street where he took Franco Esquivel into custody, the report states.
“Upon closer inspection, after-market lights were observed to be affixed to the front grille of the vehicle in question,” the arrest report shows.
“A manual-style light switch that activate(s) the red-and-blue lights was located inside of the vehicle, near the center console/gear shift area.”
Franco, was busted on one count of impersonating a public official and attempted impersonation of a police officer, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center, but has since been released on his own recognizance with “intensive supervision,” according to the Las Vegas Sun.
He’s expected back in court on March 24. He reportedly does not have an attorney listed in court logs.
The Las Vegas Sun identified the suspect in the incidents as Pedro Franco Esquivel. A police spokesman told The Post on Wednesday that Franco is believed to use up to 19 different aliases.
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