Virginia State Police arrested a Fairfax County man on a charge of impersonating an officer after he was seen trying to pull over cars on an interstate, police said.
A concerned citizen reported a white Chevy Impala with flashing blue and red lights trying to pull over cars on Interstate 66 in Prince William County Saturday, police said. The citizen provided the license plate number, which police tracked to the home of 23-year-old Sherif Ahmad.
On the way to Ahmad’s home, a trooper found Ahmad asleep inside the Impala with the lights on and the engine running about two blocks from his residence Sunday night, police said. A search of the car found marijuana and red and blue strobe lights embedded in the car's lower grill.
"It kind of puts suspicion in the public eye, who's legitimate and who's not and makes it a little tougher for us to break that barrier when we do stop a vehicle," Zaryab Zahid with Virginia State Police said.
Ahmad is charged with marijuana possession and impersonating an officer. It's unclear whether he has an attorney.