Police say a man impersonating a police officer attempted to pull over an actual police officer near Dale City on Thursday.
An off-duty police officer reported that he was driving on Benita Fitzgerald Drive just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 29 when he saw a white Crown Victoria following him, Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said in a news release.
The driver of the Crown Victoria turned on a spotlight affixed to his vehicle, causing the off-duty officer to think he was a police officer and pull over. The driver of the Crown Victoria “never exited the vehicle but instead, pulled alongside” the other vehicle “and attempted to make contact,” Perok said.
The off-duty officer then identified himself as a police officer and the other driver sped away.
The off-duty officer followed the other vehicle to the area of Cliffview Drive and Waterway Drive in Montclair, where the driver and a passenger got out of the car and ran away.
The off-duty officer gave police the car’s tag number and police identified the driver as Shawn Michael Robinson, 27, of Beechcraft Drive in Alexandria, Perok said. Police obtained a warrant charging him with impersonating a police officer, and Robinson turned himself in later that day.