PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland State Police arrested a police impersonator who attempted to conduct a traffic stop on I-695 last night.
Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, a trooper on the outer loop of I-695 at Green Spring Avenue observed a 2012 black and white Chevy Impala with blue and white flashing lights attempting to make a traffic stop on a gray Honda Accord.
“When our trooper was passing by this vehicle, he could tell that something just wasn’t right,” state police spokeswoman Elena Russo said.
The trooper pulled behind the Impala and immediately made contact with impersonating police officer, later identified as 54-year-old Timothy Ervin Trivett of Yorktown, Virginia.
Trivett was wearing what appeared to be police equipment, body armor and a uniform. The trooper arrested the man and he has been charged with impersonating a police officer and multiple handgun charges.
“He had a full gun belt, he had all the equipment that any police officer would carry so he did look like he could be a legitimate police officer,” Russo said.
Trivett was processed at the Baltimore County Detention Center and has been released on an unsecured bond.
State police said drivers should look for a few things before rolling down their window.
“Take a look at their badge, look at their car, take a good look at their uniform, there are things out there you can tell that they are legitimate,” Russo said.
Police said the investigation is still ongoing. Officials are working to determine how long Trivett was on the road impersonating an officer before getting caught.