DENVER (CBS4) — Police and state troopers stopped a suspected police impersonator in the middle of Interstate 25 in Denver during the morning commute on Monday. Investigators say the 39-year-old man was driving a white 2009 Ford Crown Victoria equipped with police lights, a push bumper and a dash cam. He was wearing tactical gear.

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The Aurora Police Department confirmed the man is not an employee but a volunteer. His volunteer application was accepted last year. It is unclear whether he actually participated in the APD volunteer program because of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Police first got reports of what looked like an unmarked police car weaving in and out of traffic on Highway 36 near Sheridan Boulevard around 6:30 a.m.

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Police stopped the driver on I-25 near Interstate 70 around 7 a.m.

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Officers confirm that the man presented a volunteer card issued by the Aurora Police Department in 2020. The tactical gear and police lights in the man’s personal vehicle were not issued by the Aurora Police Department.

Anica Padilla