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Posted: Aug 12, 2013 4:38 PM

Updated: Aug 13, 2013 12:19 AM

BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville man is in trouble with the law for allegedly pretending to be a lawman.

Investigators said Jose Mendoza, 27, used strobe lights installed on his vehicle to force other motorists out of his way on Expressway 77/83.

An off-duty officer witnessed the incident. Police arrested Mendoza at Shary Avenue.

He was charged with impersonating a police officer.

"While he was driving on the freeway, people were actually having to pull over, thinking that this vehicle was some sort of emergency type of vehicle," Brownsville Police Officer Jose Trevino said.

Mendoza is the second person arrested in two weeks accused of impersonating an officer. In both cases, the drivers told officials they just wanted get to their destination quickly.

"It's definitely not the right way to do things. So if you are in a hurry, make sure make more time so you won't be in a hurry," Trevino said.

Officials said motorists should report suspicious vehicles with emergency lights.

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