A Lansing, Ill.,
man was arrested Sunday on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement
officer, following a traffic stop on I-80/94 in Lake County, the Indiana
State Police said.
police, at 10:20 p.m. a trooper was westbound on I-80/94 when, near the 6
mile marker, he clocked a tan Jeep Cherokee--with red and blue emergency
lighting activated--at 90 miles per hour in a zone posted at 55 mph. The
vehicle “was also observed driving recklessly with the emergency lighting
activated, causing other motorists to yield (as required by state statute)
for a vehicle operating with emergency lights,” police said.
conducted a computer check on the Jeep Cherokee and determined that “it was
not an actual law enforcement vehicle,” then executed a traffic stop at the
0.3 mile marker, police said.
“As the trooper
approached the vehicle, he observed the driver”--identified as Collin J.
Hamlin, 21--“frantically trying to unplug the flashing lights from the power
outlet,” police said.
investigation revealed that the driver had always wanted to be cop since he
had been a junior cadet with a police department in Illinois,” police said.
Hamlin was arrested
on charges of impersonation of a law enforcement officer and reckless
driving, issued citations for emergency lights in an unauthorized private
vehicle, unsafe lane movement, and following too closely, and transported to
Lake County Jail.