Albuquerque, NM – A teenager impersonating a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy was caught making a traffic stop and arrested by the Albuquerque police (video below).
An Albuquerque police officer was on patrol at about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 9 when he saw 18-year-old Brenden Wysynski on the side of the road conducting a traffic stop on an SUV, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Police said that Wysynski waved to the officer as he drove by him on Fourth NW near Interstate 40.
But the teenager’s lack of uniform and unusual unmarked vehicle made the officer suspicious, so he doubled back to check things out, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Police bodycam video showed the vehicle that Wysynski used to stop the SUV was a grey sedan with red and blue lights but no other markings.
Later in the video, the officer said he ran the license plate on the car and it came back to a civilian vehicle.
When the video began, Wysynski was standing beside the driver’s window of the vehicle he had stopped.
The officer approached him from behind and stood there for 30 seconds before the police imposter even noticed him.
He asked Wysynski to step away from the SUV and so he could talk to him, the video showed.
“Who do you work for?” the officer asked Wysynski.
“Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office,” the boy replied.
“Okay,” the officer said, sounding unconvinced.
“I know, I’m underequipped,” Wysynski said.
The video showed the police impersonator went on to explain that he had been on the way to the courthouse to “pick up my crap” when he had observed the SUV doing 120 mph and stopped it.
He told the officer he didn’t have any police credentials on him other than his badge. He also was not wearing a gun belt or carrying a weapon.
“I know it makes no sense,” Wysynski said.
“Why do you have lights on this vehicle?” the officer asked.
“Personal,” the boy replied.
The officer asked the alleged deputy to wait and he returned to his own police vehicle and radioed the dispatcher to request his own supervisor and an official from the sheriff’s department, the video showed.
Then he returned to Wysynski to chat some more and told the boy that what he was doing appeared a little shady.
The police impersonator claimed to have been a member of the sheriff’s department for three years and the officer countered by saying he had been on the force for 13 years and said something seemed off.
Wysynski and the officer both moved their vehicles out of the roadway and into a nearby parking lot to wait for the supervisors to arrive, the video showed.
Then the officer told the 18 year old that he wanted him to take a seat in the back of his police vehicle while they got “everything cleared up.”
A minute later, the video showed Wysynski beckoned the officer over to the car and said he wanted to talk to him.
“What’s up man?” the officer asked.
“Alright, I’m just going to be straight up honest with you. I’m not a cop,” the 18 year old confessed.
He told the officer he had purchased his badge “offline.”
At that point, the officer’s sergeant pulled up on the scene and the officer put Wysynski back in his unit while he talked to his supervisor, the video showed.
Then the sergeant assisted the officer in placing Wysynski in handcuffs.
When the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office supervisor arrived on the scene, he told the officer that the badge was real but outdated, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
That’s when Wysynski changed his story and claimed the badge belonged to his dead father.
However, the complaint said that he eventually admitted again that he had purchased the badge on the Internet and it had not belonged to his father.
Wysynski was charged with impersonating a police officer, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
The Washington Post reported that court documents showed the officers found a revolver in a gun case, six magnum cartridges, a Go-Pro camera, and handcuffs in the imposter’s car.
The police impersonator had also put red and white LED light bars, a sheriff’s department bumper sticker, and a police vanity plate on his personal vehicle.
He also carried “warning notices” for traffic infractions, The Washington Post reported.
Wysynski is due back in court on Nov. 6 for a bench trial and could face up to 364 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
Watch the teenager impersonate a deputy in the video below: