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Fake officer stops real New Mexico police agents

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:14 p.m. HST, Aug 09, 2013

LAS VEGAS, N.M. » Authorities say a man driving a truck with police lights on top made a crucial misstep during a bogus police stop in northern New Mexico.

Police say the two men he pulled over for speeding were real state police agents in an unmarked vehicle.

According to New Mexico State Police, 26-year-old John Shelton, of Logan, was arrested Wednesday following the sham traffic stop in San Miguel County.

Investigators say Shelton had a pistol on his hip and told the agents he was a member of the New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue and a trained law enforcement officer — something officials later discovered wasn't true.

Shelton is facing charges of impersonating an officer.

It was not clear if Shelton had an attorney.

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Its amazing what stories make onto the SA web site on a slow news day.
on August 9,2013 | 06:17AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Actually, I found this story to be funny. We need more stories like this instead of tragic ones that often plaster the front page. This incident must have brought a lot of laughter especially at the Las Vegas police department. Well, at least now, this perp will get to see what goes on in a police department so he'll get the works. It won't be as glamorous as he thought.
on August 9,2013 | 12:47PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Good catch - it is a slow news day! Breaking news at the bottom is still from yesterday.
on August 9,2013 | 05:45PM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Well if Shelton could impersonate a policeman, perhaps he could also impersonate an attorney.
on August 9,2013 | 07:34AM
serious wrote:
Agreed. I could have been an attorney, but the law school found out my parents were married.
on August 9,2013 | 07:57AM
false wrote:
My mother called the President of the law school I applied for but she couldn't get her on the line.
on August 9,2013 | 09:29AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT Macadamia, lol, Shelton can stand before the judge and ask the question, then run and sit on the witness stand and answer them.
on August 9,2013 | 05:03PM
localguy wrote:
Book em Dano.
on August 9,2013 | 08:34AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Did he stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?
on August 9,2013 | 09:33AM
Good 1!
on August 9,2013 | 10:53AM
Were they speeding?
on August 9,2013 | 09:52AM
entrkn wrote:
We have had more than our share of police impersonations in Hawaii too...
on August 9,2013 | 11:11AM
samidunn wrote:
Shelton needs an attorney.
on August 9,2013 | 11:20AM
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