Impersonating a cop lands Coal City man in jail

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CLAY CITY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Coal City man who allegedly impersonated law enforcement will now have to face the actual law.

John C. Warren, Jr., of Coal City, Ind., was arrested after a victim identified him as the man who pulled her over in August.

The victim, a female Clay City resident was traveling on Lankford Street on Aug. 31 when a black car with red and blue flashing lights pulled her over. The man, later identified as Warren, approached the car and began talking to the victim about her headlight that was going on and off.

According to authorities, the victim had suspicions that Warren was not a police officer. She questioned him as to why he was not wearing a uniform or displaying a badge. When he said he left his identification on the nightstand, the victim left the scene and called 911.

Following an investigation, Warren was arrested Thursday and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on charges of impersonating a public service. His house and car were searched, and several items of police-type equipment were seized.

The Clay City Police Department told residents if they are pulled over by anyone they do not believe is a police officer, they should call 911 to confirm.

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