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Calgary drivers beware: man allegedly caught impersonating police officer

Calgary Police Service file
FILE: A Calgary Police Service cruiser. File/Global News

Calgary police are warning the public about a man who allegedly impersonated a police officer during an incident earlier this week in the city’s southwest.

It started in the area of 69 Street S.W. and Glenmore Trail at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police said the victim was travelling southbound on 69 Street S.W. when he was pulled over by a white Honda Civic with red and blue lights attached to its front window.

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The suspect got out of the Civic and approached the victim’s vehicle, at which time he allegedly identified himself as a special forces police officer.

Police say the suspect told the victim he had been speeding and could either go to jail or pay a fine – which, if he paid immediately, would be discounted.

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The suspect returned to his Civic and came back with a yellow piece of paper.

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The driver refused to pay the fine and asked the suspect for his badge number or identification, which he refused to give. The suspect then got back into the Civic and left the area.

Police describe the suspect as being in his 30s, approximately six feet tall, bald, with a muscular build and tattoos. He was wearing a white T-shirt with the words “Canadian Special Forces” written in red lettering as well as jeans, with a knife and baton on his belt.

Anyone who may have information is asked to call Calgary police at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers.