A 31-year-old off-duty prison guard was arrested Sunday on a charge of impersonating a public servant.
Justin Coats was armed and wearing his prison uniform when he was arrested by a Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy, BCSO spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes said in a news release.
The deputy stopped to investigate just after midnight when he saw a Ford Crown Victoria with flashing red and blue emergency lights performing a traffic stop at 2100 Cullum Park, Hughes said.
The driver of the other car, a female, stopped because she believed the Crown Victoria was a real patrol car, Hughes said.
Sheriff's officials asked that anyone who was stopped by Coats call BCSO Criminal Investigations Division at 210-335-6070.
Coats works at the Three Rivers Federal Bureau Prison, Hughes said.
She said if residents doubt that they are being stopped by a real law enforcement officer or they are being stopped in an unpopulated area, they should take the following measures.
Activate their hazard lights Slow down, but continue driving Gesture to the officer that they intend to stop Continue driving in this manner to a populated and safer area May ask to see the officer's ID Call 911 if in doubt. Be aware of urban legends that tell you to call other numbers
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