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Arizona man accused of impersonating law enforcement officer

Joseph Collins
Posted at 7:19 AM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 09:19:26-05

PRESCOTT, AZ — Yavapai County authorities say a 72-year-old Prescott Valley man is accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

County sheriff's officials say Joseph Collins was arrested Saturday. It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer who could comment on the allegation.

An off-duty sheriff's detention officer saw a vehicle with emergency light bars on its roof pulling behind other cars on the road and activating the lights.

The officer asked Collins if he was a law enforcement officer and he reportedly replied "maybe."

Authorities say Collins claimed the light bars were safety devices.

Sheriff's deputies say Collins' car also had law enforcement stickers and a radio antenna similar those on to police vehicles.

They say Collins also was wearing a bright green reflector vest like those worn by police officers.