A Fontana man who was allegedly impersonating an officer was arrested after he attempted to pull over a detective from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
On June 19 at about 9 p.m., the detective was driving his unmarked Sheriff’s vehicle east on the Route 210 freeway near Baseline Street in Upland.
As the detective traveled on the freeway, a black 2018 Jeep Wrangler followed behind him and activated flashing red and blue strobe lights in an attempt to pull the detective over, the Sheriff's Department said. The detective believed it might be an unmarked California Highway Patrol unit and began to pull over.
The suspect then deactivated his lights and continued traveling behind the detective. A short time later, the suspect activated his blue and red strobe lights again.
The detective realized that the suspect was not a law enforcement officer, and began following the suspect, who now started traveling at a high rate of speed east on the freeway in an apparent attempt to flee from the detective.
The detective activated his emergency lights and sirens, and the suspect yielded after exiting on the Mountain Avenue exit in Upland.
Imroj Singh, 23, was identified as the driver and sole occupant of the Jeep. No other law enforcement items were located in the vehicle.
Through investigation, it was determined that Singh had purchased the blue and red strobe lights on the Internet and allegedly had them installed in his vehicle’s front grill to make it look like he was driving an undercover law enforcement vehicle.
Singh was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of impersonating an officer and booked into West Valley Detention Center, where he was later cite released from the jail. Singh will be arraigned in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court on Aug. 5.
Detectives believe that Singh may have previously used these lights and vehicle to stop other citizens. Detectives are releasing a photo of Singh’s vehicle and his booking photo. Persons who recognize Singh pretending to be a law enforcement officer or who were stopped by Singh are urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga P.D. at (909) 477-2800. Persons who choose to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.