An Oregon man impersonated a sheriff’s deputy while taking an SUV for a test drive and pulled over a motorcyclist, authorities said Monday.
The man, 39, of Salem, was arrested Saturday after the motorcyclist and two employees from the car lot sensed something was off and called real deputies, said Sgt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Baldridge said the man visited Good Fellows Auto Sales three days in a row and told workers he was a sheriff’s deputy. Each day, he wanted to test drive a black Chevrolet Tahoe.
On the third day, two suspicious employees decided to join the customer for the drive.
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Just down the street from the lot, the man suddenly lowered the window and yelled at a motorcyclist to pull over. The motorcyclist obeyed, and the man told him he was being stopped for speeding.
Baldridge said the man had no badge or identification, and his manner led everyone else to conclude he might be a fake. The employees from Good Fellows Auto Sales, who could not be reached for comment, told investigators that the motorcyclist had gone around the SUV because the man was driving very slowly.
“They said the motorcyclist really wasn’t doing anything wrong,” Baldridge said. “He was acting for his own safety to get around the slow-moving vehicle.”
Baldridge said the man was charged with criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor.
Investigators think he might have pulled over other drivers.