Man Steals Car While Posing as Police Officer

A man wearing a black jacket with "police" ordered the driver out of his Jeep on a major highway in San Diego

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    California Highway Patrol officials are investigating an incident in which a man posed as a police officer and stole a victim’s car on Interstate 805 in San Diego.

    According to CHP, the incident happened Tuesday around 1 p.m. on northbound I-805 just south of Palm Avenue.

    A 28-year-old driver was traveling on I-805 in a black Jeep Patriot when a white Ford Crown Victoria began displaying a red and blue light behind the Jeep, as if signaling the driver to pull over.

    The driver of the Jeep pulled over on the right shoulder of the freeway. At that point, a Hispanic man in his 20s exited the passenger side of the Crown Victoria and approached the driver.

    The man was wearing a black jacket with the word “Police” across the chest and had what appeared to be a holstered handgun on his hip, investigators said.

    The man asked the driver of the Jeep to exit his vehicle. The driver complied, and the man impersonating an officer got into the Jeep and drove off. The Crown Victoria then sped off, following the stolen Jeep.

    The victim was not injured.

    CHP officials were alerted, and the case is ongoing. Anyone with information on the car theft is asked to contact investigators at (619) 220-5492.

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