A man who was allegedly pretending to be a law enforcement officer picked the wrong vehicle to pull over in San Miguel County on Wednesday, and now he’s behind bars and facing a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
John Shelton, 26, of Logan, was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,000 cash bond.
State police are asking anyone who may have been pulled over by Shelton to contact the state police Investigations Bureau in Las Vegas at 425-6771.
According to a state police news release, two agents with the Investigations Bureau were traveling in an unmarked truck on NM 104, which runs between Las Vegas and Trementina, when they noticed that a white Dodge truck was following behind and closing distance.
The driver of the white truck activated red and white emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the agents. The agents assumed it was a fellow law enforcement officer and pulled over.
Authorities say Shelton exited the vehicle and approached the driver’s side of the agents’ truck. Shelton, who was wearing a T-shirt and jeans, had a pistol affixed to his right hip. Authorities say he told the agents he pulled them over because they were speeding.
According to state police, the agents asked Shelton if he was a commissioned law enforcement officer, and Shelton replied that he is a member of State Police Search and Rescue, an emergency medical technician, a firefighter, and that he is currently being trained as a law enforcement officer.
The release states that the agents cautioned Shelton that he needed to be careful and that he didn’t have authority to conduct traffic stops.
The agents didn’t apprehend Shelton at that point. After completing their initial business, the agents began checking into Shelton’s story.
When Shelton drove by the agents again, they flagged him down and questioned him about the earlier traffic stop.
According to state police, Shelton isn’t a member of any local volunteer fire department or Search and Rescue. They also say he isn’t a commissioned officer and he isn’t in the process of being commissioned.
The agents arrested Shelton for impersonating an officer.