Deputies in Rancho Cucamonga arrested a would-be police officer who tried to stop another motorist while driving in his gray Mini Cooper equipped with red lights and siren, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

On July 5 at about 11 a.m., the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department received a call of a man in a Mini Cooper attempting to pull over another vehicle by using flashing red and blue lights. The caller reported the suspect also used a PA system to direct them to pull over. Recognizing a Mini Cooper with red and blue lights did not appear to be a police vehicle, the caller dialed 9-1-1. The caller remained on the phone with sheriff’s dispatch and continued to drive while providing location updates to the responding deputies.

The suspect, Aaron Pajarillo, a 36-year-old resident of San Bernardino, parked behind a shopping complex on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Rochester Avenue. Deputies arrived and located the Mini Cooper. They determined Pajarillo was an employee at a nearby business, where they detained him.

Inside Pajarillo’s vehicle, deputies located flashing red and blue lights mounted to the windshield along with a working siren and PA system.

Pajarillo is not a peace officer and was arrested on a charge of impersonating a peace officer. He was booked into custody at West Valley Detention Center. Information on his court date is currently unavailable.

This was the second time within three weeks that a man was arrested for allegedly impersonating an officer in Rancho Cucamonga. A Fontana man was arrested on June 19 when he attempted to pull over a man who turned out to be a Sheriff's detective in an unmarked vehicle, and the detective subsequently arrested him.

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