Prince William County Man Charged With Impersonating an Officer, Firefighter

A Prince William County man was arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer and a firefighter in Virginia last Thursday.

Christopher Santiago, 21, was wearing a bulletproof vest and a gun belt when police approached him at about 8:25 a.m. in Dumfries, Virginia. He had flashing red and white lights on his car, which was stopped at the intersection of Van Buren Road and Fettler Park Drive near the Holiday Inn Dumfries Quantico Center, police said.

When police spoke to him, Santiago first said he was a government contractor. Then, he said he was a volunteer firefighter. 

Police did an employment check and learned that the identities Santiago gave were false. He wasn't employed by law enforcement or any other government agency, police said.

They learned that Santiago had stopped his vehicle and turned on his lights to "engage with a citizen," police said. 

Santiago was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and impersonating a firefighter, police said. 

A court date for Santiago is set for Sept. 9.

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