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Suspected police impersonator released from custody after traffic stop

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Posted at 8:54 AM, Apr 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-19 19:55:12-04

AURORA, Colo. — A suspected police impersonator was taken into custody Monday morning near Empower Field at Mile High. However, Colorado State Patrol later said there was not enough evidence to hold the man. He was warned and subsequently released.

At 6:31 a.m., CSP received a report of road rage around Highway 36 and Sheridan Boulevard. The person who reported the incident said a car was speeding in and out of lanes, said Corporal Ivan Alvarado with CSP.

Troopers and officers with the Denver Police Department stopped the vehicle — a Ford Crown Victoria — on southbound Interstate 25 at milemarker 214A near Empower Field at Mile High. The vehicle was fully outfitted with a laptop and lights, Alvarado said.

Troopers said the 39-year-old man had numerous items on his belt including a shrouded security badge, firearm, extra magazines, and handcuffs.

Alvarado said the driver had a voluntary Aurora Police Department ID from 2020, but does not work with the police department. CSP later confirmed the man is not a police officer at any department.

Aurora police confirmed the man was a volunteer with the department. However, they said they have terminated the man's volunteer status with the program as of Monday.