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Suspect Charged With Impersonating an Officer

"We got over there and the guy driving the suburban had the vehicle pulled over and had the guy driving the vehicle out of the car and in handcuffs." Cpl. Thomas said "We got over there and the guy driving the suburban had the vehicle pulled over and had the guy driving the vehicle out of the car and in handcuffs." Cpl. Thomas said
Officers say he pulled over several cars claiming to be an off duty officer out of Forest county, a county that does not exist Officers say he pulled over several cars claiming to be an off duty officer out of Forest county, a county that does not exist

A man suspected of posing as a police officer is arrested last night after leading police though a maze of clues. Police say the phony cop was finally nabbed after two days of calls coming in from members of the community pulled over by an impostor.

Flashing lights, a badge, even a bullet proof vest. Zachary Paul Harris, reportedly had all the tools to look the part, but he wasn't. Officers say he pulled over several cars claiming to be an off duty officer out of Forest county, a county that does not exist.

"We had two other calls prior to this on on Lousianna, where same kind of thing happened, it was basically the same description, white suburban, off duty deputy using the same Forest county," Cpl. Brian Thomas with Amarillo Crime Stoppers said.

Those two calls came just hours before police caught Harris. Here's how they did it.

"We got over there and the guy driving the suburban had the vehicle pulled over and had the guy driving the vehicle out of the car and in handcuffs." Cpl. Thomas said.

The suspect had apparently chased the 16 year old driver, and arrested him. But even then the story took another bizarre turn.

Cpl. Thomas said, "The car was stolen however, kind of throws a big kink in everything."

That's right... The car Harris pulled over was stolen, and officers are uncertain how he knew since the owners had not reported it yet.

While the driver of the stolen car has not been charged and was released to a guardian, Harris is in jail this evening charged with a third degree felony that could cost him 10 thousand dollars and between 2 and 10 years in jail.

 

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