According to authorities in Prince William County, Va., a local teenager turned the standard police chase on its ear as he attempted to pull over an off-duty officer.
— DatFix.com (@DatFix) September 1, 2015
The Washington Post reported this week that 18-year-old Joshua Rosene, of Manassas, began following a motorist early Sunday morning in a sedan fitted with blue flashing lights similar to those found on police cruisers. Though it is unclear why the teen wanted to impersonate a cop, two similar incidents have been reported in the Northern Virginia county so far this year.
In January, a 27-year-old suspect similarly targeted an off-duty officer. When the officer revealed his profession, the suspect sped away.
The next month, a 23-year-old was arrested after using lights attached to the front of his vehicle to conduct fraudulent traffic stops.
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Rosene, who had reportedly just returned to the area after attending a campaign rally for Scott Walker, was not successful in detaining the driver he followed. The two did soon rendezvous – along with several other local cops – after another chase during which the actual officer served as pursuer.
The off-duty officer explained to his colleagues that he thought the Pontiac behind him looked suspicious. When its driver apparently grew tired of the pursuit and drove away, the officer gave chase.
Rosene was ultimately arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer. He was subsequently released on bond and is due in court later this year.
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