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Authorities turn the tables on would-be patrolman

Oftentimes, people hear stories of arrests made in Yuma and immediately may question why authorities needed to apprehend the accused. There may be instances where the old adage of the punishment not fitting the crime might seem to apply to a case. Yet despite one's beliefs that law enforcement intervention may not have been needed in a particular incident, authorities are tasked with maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the communities in which they serve. If they believe that one's actions could present a potential danger to that peace, then they may feel justified in detaining him or her. 

A Mesa man recently learned this lesson the hard way. Although his motives are not yet currently known, the man (who reportedly works as a security guard) decided to take it upon himself to try and enforce traffic regulations. He reportedly pursued a vehicle on a Phoenix freeway and turned on the emergency lights on his own vehicle (which were made to appear similar to those used on law-enforcement vehicles). The vehicle he was pursuing, however, failed to stop. He then pulled alongside the vehicle and motioned for them to pull over. One might imagine his own surprise when that vehicle then turned on its own police lights. It indeed turned out to be an unmarked police car, which proceeded to then pull the would-be patrolman over. He ended up being arrested for impersonating a police officer. 

There are times when one might certainly question the judgment that goes into a person's decisions. Poor judgement, however, need not always warrant severe criminal punishment. One needing assistance defending him or herself from charges stemming from a prank or practical joke gone wrong might find it in the form of a criminal defense attorney

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