BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4)– A man convicted of impersonating a police officer in Aurora was sentenced to 60 days in jail on Friday.
Antonio Marcus Arbogast was convicted of impersonating a police officer and harassment after a trial earlier this month in Adams County District Court. The judge also ordered him to undergo mental health evaluation and treatment.
Arbogast, 23, began following the woman in the early morning hours of May 18, 2015. She called police and told them that she was being followed by a car with flashing lights and the driver was trying to pull her over near Colfax and Moline.
She told 911 operators that she did not believe she was being followed by a police officer and feared for her life.
“He certainly knew what he was doing that night, enough to put the flashing lights on,” said Adams County District Attorney Dave Young.
Arbogast worked as a security guard.
“Any time you impersonate a police officer, you’re violating the public’s trust. I mean, we all trust police officers and we all trust someone in a police vehicle,” said Young. “Absolutely I worry someone may not pull over for a legitimate police officer because they may not know if that person is legitimate. And if that starts to happen, we’re going to have major problems on our streets and obviously innocent people are going to be hurt.”