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Impersonating cop charges filed

MABTON - Freddie Perales, 19, was arrested last Saturday on charges of impersonating a police officer, according to interim Mabton Police Chief Robert Perales.

Perales said that a vehicle containing four juvenile females and an adult woman was traveling from Sunnyside to Mabton when the suspect began flashing his high beams and using his flashers.

When the vehicle stopped, the man approached it and told the occupants that he believed they were intoxicated, Perales said, adding that the man also mimicked talking to dispatch and asking for back-up.

The female victims left the scene and called for help in Mabton.

Perales said the 19-year-old suspect will be charged with five counts of impersonating an officer and five counts of unlawful imprisonment. Perales said the unlawful imprisonment charges are being requested because the man detained the women by intimidation.

The situation has prompted Perales to issue a warning. "No matter what, an unmarked police vehicle is going to have emergency lights that are red and blue," he said.

He said that what made this situation particularly scary is that the women stopped the vehicle, out in the middle of nowhere. Perales said that if this situation were to occur again, individuals should call 911 or a local law enforcement agency.

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