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Just doing the police impersonation work no one else will do

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 14, 2008 08:47 PM

I know. I’m just a “hater” for breathing a word about this story, but here’s a look at an illegal alien police impersonator nabbed by a very brave young woman who practiced the culture of self-defense:

A man is facing felony charges for impersonating a police officer and attempting to pull over a young woman.

His target was Fox 12 This Morning anchor Shayne Wells.

Wells was heading into work around 2 a.m. when she happened to notice that a car she’d passed kept following her too closely.

“That’s when he actually turned off his headlights and suddenly, up in the front of his car, red, white and blue lights started flashing at me,” said Wells.

Her first thought was that she was getting pulled over.

But knew she hadn’t been speeding.

“Something about it just didn’t feel right. I had seen the car when I passed it and it was a dark colored sporty vehicle with tinted windows and that’s not typically what you see with a police car,” said Wells.

So she called 911.

Dispatchers told her there were no officers in unmarked cars in the area making a traffic stop.

“I informed her someone was trying to pull me over. He attempted to pull me over three times, and followed me for about five miles real close,” said Wells.

The operator asked her to stay with the suspect, even if he tried to leave.

Wells did and ended up tailing him up the Eagle exit to a gas station, where Idaho State Police officers closed in.

What would Felipe Calderon say?

Officers say 17-year-old Israel Dominguez showed them a fake Mexican I.D. stating he was 21. He speaks no English and appears to be in the country illegally.

It’s unclear why he would have fake police lights at the time of the arrest. He even left behind the receipt.

“He said it was an accident and didn’t really mean to do what he was doing although he purchased the lights and hard wired them into his vehicle,” said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman can’t say exactly what Dominguez may have done if he had gotten her to pulled over.

Wells is just glad her mom always taught her to be alert and watch her surroundings.

“Well that’s what I was doing, so her words, they worked,” said Wells.

Dominguez was charged with felony impersonating an officer and not having a valid drivers license.

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