PCSO: Man arrested for impersonating peace officer

Posted at 9:34 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 01:45:30-04

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 19-year-old man for impersonating a peace officer.

According to a press release from PCSO, deputies received a call from a man who said a vehicle with a spotlight was following him.

The man said that he pulled into his neighborhood after thinking that the vehicle following him was being driven by a law enforcement officer. When he pulled over, the car following him took off at a high rate of speed and kept moving until the man lost sight of it.

PCSO says the suspect's vehicle was later spotted at a nearby gas station. Deputies identified the driver as Brennan Ray.

During an interview, Ray admitted to driving the vehicle and following the victim. He also had two juveniles in his car at the time. Those girls told deputies that when Ray drove off erratically, they became scared and kept asking the suspect to let them get out of the car, but Ray refused, PCSO said.

Deputies searched the suspect's vehicle and found handcuffs, handcuff keys, a fixed blade knife, and an airsoft gun.

Two juveniles were also in the car at the time of the incident, officials said. The girls told deputies when Ray drove off they became scared and repeatedly asked him to let them out of the car but he reportedly refused. 

PCSO says Ray is a former Pinal County Explorer. In 2015 he was kicked out of the program for criminal misconduct. PCSO also banned him from conducting any ride alongs with deputies because of "questionable behavior."

Ray is facing charges of kidnapping, misconduct involving weapons, endangerment, reckless driving and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.