Unfortunately, a Gloucester County, N.J., man has given many motorists a reason to think twice when they are being pulled over.
New Jersey State Police have arrested Kenneth DiLuigi, 53, accused of impersonating a police officer and trying to pull over motorists on the Atlantic City Expressway with his Ford Crown Victoria, which is equipped with emergenchy lights and looks a lot like a police car.
Jessica Beym of the Gloucester County Times reports that DiLuigi was arrested at his Mantua Township home Monday morning. Complains from several witnesses to the State Police about a suspicious looking “police car” led to a three-week investigation.
Turns out this was not a first-time offense for DiLuigi. In February 2007 he was charged with a similar crime in Logan Township.
Beym writes that the state police have some tips for motorists if they think they are being stopped by an imposter cop:
Slow down and turn on your hazard lights to indicate to the supposed officer that you see them and are not being elusive.
Ask a passenger to contact 9-1-1 with your location and your concerns.
Stop your vehicle in a well-lit area near people, if you can.
Most unmarked police vehicles conducting traffic enforcement are driven by uniformed officers.