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18-year-old Las Vegas man arrested for impersonating police officer

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18-year-old Las Vegas man arrested for impersonating police officer

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Feb 7, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An 18-year-old Las Vegas man is in hot water for impersonating a police officer.

Douglas Castro was arrested after a 20-year-old woman reported to police that a suspicious car attempted to pull her over on Feb. 4.

It happened in the western part of the valley near North Buffalo and Westcliff drives. The young woman said that she was signaled by an unmarked car with flashing lights to pull over at about 10:40 p.m.

She initially pulled over but when she was ordered to pull off the main road and into the neighborhood, she refused. The man in the car drove away and the woman immediately called the police.

The woman was able to give police officers the license plate on the car and they traced it to a residence on Genzer Drive. Initially, Castro denied he had been driving the car. It didn't take long though for him to admit that he had taken the car out and that he did pull over the car.

Castro told police that he was only trying to inform her that her headlight was out. When police asked him why he told her to pull into a neighborhood, he admitted he did not want to be seen by the police. He also told police he drove off because the woman "looked freaked."

The woman was able to positively identify Castro during a Show Up. She also told police that after she refused to pull off the main street, Castro told her "It's OK. I'm an undercover."

Police were also able to verify that Castro's car was equipped with lights mounted on the vehicle's windows. Pictures of the lights were taken as evidence.

Castro was arrested and booked into Clark County Detention Center for impersonating a police officer.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.