Possible police impersonator arrested near Poulsbo

A man who admitted to using fake emergency lights to get around slow drivers was arrested Monday morning near Poulsbo, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Trooper Russel Winger said troopers responded to a 911 call about a possible police impersonator early Monday morning from a driver on the Hood Canal Bridge.

“Troopers returned the favor and made a legitimate traffic stop on the suspect vehicle on (State Route) 305 at 1:55 a.m. near Poulsbo,” Winger said. “At this point the suspect’s night went downhill.”

The caller told police the driver of an older, two-tone Ford F250 had tried to pull them over, but sped past them and ran a red light. The suspect allegedly used blue and red emergency lights, which were found inside the truck when troopers located it about 15 minutes after the initial call.

The driver of the vehicle, Trevor A. Schwarz, 21 of Poulsbo was taken into custody without further event.

Troopers also located a fully loaded .40-caliber pistol under the driver’s seat, for which Schwarz did not have a concealed carry permit.

“The suspect admitted to using the emergency lights on the bridge that night because the vehicle in front was driving too slow and also admitted to running the red light so the other driver could not report him,” Winger said. “Schwarz told troopers he removed the portable emergency lights soon after because he knew his actions were stupid.”

A similar scenario was reported early Friday evening on State Route 3 near Silverdale, with a similar vehicle description and exact license plate match, Winger added.

That driver reported a truck had activated emergency lights, then sped by when the driver pulled over, running a red light.

Patrol units weren’t able to locate the truck at that time, but when troopers asked Schwarz about it he reportedly admitted that as well.

“At this point troopers do not know if Schwarz has actually made contact with anyone on a traffic stop,” Winger said.

Schwarz was arrested on suspicion of criminal impersonation and unlawful carrying of a weapon and booked into Kitsap County Jail with $45,000 bail.


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