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Man charged with impersonating officer

Posted February 27, 2009 11:57 a.m. EST

— Police have charged a Durham man with impersonating a police officer and pulling over a driver on N.C. Highway 87.

Arquimedes Rodriguez, of Clarendon Street, was arrested this week after a driver told police a car with flashing lights pulled him over on the highway Tuesday afternoon, said Sgt. Harold Layton of the Sanford Police Department.

The man inside the car with the flashing lights also was blowing the car's horn and then held what appeared to be a law enforcement badge out of the car's window, the driver told police.

The man never got out of the car, and the driver left, Layton said. The driver later caught up with the car that had pulled him over, wrote down the tag number and called police, Layton said.

Investigators located Rodriguez and found a badge for the International Federation of Chaplains when they questioned him, Layton said.