Christian Katan Mansoor Michigan teen posing as cop arrested trying to pull over off duty police officer who was speeding.
A Michigan teenager pretending to be a police officer, Monday night, was taken into custody when he tried to pull over a female driver. Unbeknownst to the 18 year old, the vehicle that the teen sought to pull over was driven by an off-duty cop. The episode led to arresting deputies on two separate chases.
Christian Katan Mansoor, 18, of Macomb Township, allegedly outfitted his silver BMW with flashing red and blue lights in an attempt to pass himself off as a Detroit cop, the Oakland County Sheriff said Wednesday.
The teen is accused of activating the fake sirens while positioned behind another car in order to conduct a traffic stop around 11 p.m. in Rochester Hills, a city roughly 25 miles north of Detroit.
Mansoor’s victim, an off-duty cop from a neighboring township, instead drove away and called him in as a possible police impersonator.
The unnamed officer followed Mansoor and confronted him when he got out of his car.
‘I wasn’t pretending’
When she identified herself as a cop, he allegedly said he was a Detroit officer from the 12th precinct.
When pushed for identification, Mansoor promised to retrieve it from his car, but instead got in the BMW and sped away, police said.
The officer tried to follow Mansoor, but lost track of him when he flew through a trailer park.
Sheriff’s deputies later found the teen when he was in the middle of swapping the fake cruiser’s license plates with another BMW he owned.
But there was more.
Mansoor tried again to escape arrest, only to be arrested ‘after a short foot chase.’
‘Individuals that pose as police officers present a threat to the public and undermine legitimate law-enforcement,’ Sheriff Bouchard said of the teenager.
‘I’m never going to make that mistake ever again,’
Interviewed by WXYZ, the teen claimed he wasn’t trying to pose as a police officer.
Asked why he then attempted to pull over the off duty female police officer, Mansoor said he didn’t pull her over and that the driver didn’t stop.
Mansoor explained he had bought a government auctioned vehicle and that the car had red flashing lights in front of it.
Asked why he turned the lights over and attempt to pull anyone over the teen responded, ‘Because she was going over 100mph an hour,’ despite being reminded that he is not the actual police.
‘I’m never going to make that mistake ever again,’ the teen responded.
Mansoor was arraigned Wednesday on the misdemeanor charge of impersonating a public officer. The teen was released on a $5,000 personal bond.