MANTECA, Calif. – Three Central California teenagers are under arrest for allegedly impersonating police officers and trying to pull over drivers near Manteca.
Police say the three were arrested after motorists reported a pink Buick Century with flashing red and blue lights attempting to pull them over Tuesday night. In one case, one of the fake officers took the driver's license of a motorist back to his car, then returned it and allowed the motorist to leave.
Police later arrested 19-year-old John Meza, 18-year-old Alex Chavez and 18-year-old Gregori Martinez. They face charges of impersonating a police officer, false imprisonment and conspiracy.
Police spokesman Rex Osborn says the strobe light they used was an outdated version used by officers and may have been bought at a government auction or flea market.