Alleged Police Impersonator Arrested in Highland

Kory Charleton, 23, was collared after a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department detective approached him as he spoke to a pedestrian near 13th Street and Bangor Avenue in the city of highland

A former security guard was arrested after allegedly impersonating a police officer early Thursday.

Kory Charleton, 23, was collared after a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department detective approached him as he spoke to a pedestrian near 13th Street and Bangor Avenue in the city of highland

The suspect, whose car looked almost exactly like an unmarked police vehicle, tried to drive away, but the detective then pulled him over.

At this point he has only being charged with driving under the influence of drugs, however investigators want to know if he approached anyone claiming to be a law enforcement officer.

Charleton's vehicle has the same blue lights that are on cop cars, as well as a police scanner inside the dashboard.

Deputies later searched his home in Highland, and discovered a bb gun that looks like an assault rifle, a replica police badge, a utility belt, security uniforms and pepper spray.

However it was not only crime fighting equipment he had in his possession, as burglary tools were also found.

According to neighbors he would often drive up and down the streets with his lights on.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller said people should always get in touch with authorities if they believe they have been approached by a police impersonator.

"If you are pulled over and you are concerned whether or not it is indeed a law enforcement official pulling you over, we urge you to immediately contact 911 (and) talk to a dispatcher who can then confirm for you if you are indeed being pulled over by a law enforcement officer," 

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