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Teen arrested after officer catches him performing illegal traffic stop with fake badge, lights

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A New Mexico teen was recently arrested in Albuquerque for impersonating a police officer, authorities report.

According to reports and body cam footage that has now been released, an Albuquerque police officer came across an unmarked car with police lights that had stopped another vehicle, and the APD officer stopped to assist.  That’s when the APD officer came across 18-year-old Brenden Wysynski who was ‘conducting the stop.’

Wysynski flashed what he said was a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office badge to the APD officer, and immediately began making odd excuses for his appearance.



Looking rather young and lacking both a firearm and equipment in his vehicle, Wysynski appeared suspicious to the APD officer, who then began asking more questions.

The young man would later admit that the badge belonged to his father, a deceased BCSO deputy, and that the 18-year-old was not a law enforcement officer. Upon further questioning, it was revealed that Wysynski had lied about his father being a deputy, and later admitted to buying the badge online.

In addition to furnishing himself with a badge, Wysynski also outfitted his vehicle with lights and a police radio.

You can see the entire 25 minute incident here on YouTube.

According to KOAT, Wysynski is being charged with impersonating a peace officer.

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