16-Year-Old Arrested For Impersonating Officer In Spokane Valley - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

16-Year-Old Arrested For Impersonating Officer In Spokane Valley

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said on Friday that despite numerous warnings to knock it off, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on Thursday for impersonating a police officer. 

Deputy Craig Chamberlin says deputies were sent to the area of 12400 East Mansfield on Thursday after receiving a complaint of an "officer" in the area. The complainant and a witness told deputies the 16-year-old approached them on a bicycle that had red and white police lights on the handle bars and "Spokane Police," "Dial 911," and "Crime Check" stickers on the frame. Despite being out of his apparent jurisdiction, the suspect, who was also wearing a police duty belt and radio, told them he was looking for a "crazy guy" and that they were "interfering with his work." 

During the suspect's "investigation" into the crazy guy, he parked his "official police bicycle" in front of the complainant's U-Haul. When the complainant went to move the bike out of the way, the suspect pushed him and told them he was "on business and someone is going to get hurt." 

Deputies arrived and located the suspect, who was still wearing the duty belt, at an apartment complex. The 16-year-old told deputies he was "being stupid" and he knew what he was doing was wrong. 

Chamberlin says this isn't the first time deputies have contacted the same individual. In fact, he says they have counseled the boy multiple times on the dangers and consequences of impersonating a police officer, and it appears he was out of chances as they arrested him and booked him into Juvenile Detention for Impersonating an Officer, Assault, and Disorderly Conduct. 
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