CHP arrests man accused of impersonating a police officer, making traffic stop

A San Jacinto man who was allegedly impersonating a police officer and made a traffic stop in the French Valley area was arrested, the California Highway Patrol announced.

Ryan Lee Meeker, 45, was arrested on Wednesday morning in San Jacinto on suspicion of impersonating a peace officer as well as child endangerment, the CHP said.

On Monday, June 7, at about 1 p.m., Meeker allegedly made a traffic stop on a person in the French Valley area while using his Ford F-150 pickup, the CHP said. The victim realized Meeker was not a police officer and left the scene.

The victim had a dash camera activated and recorded the incident and turned it over to the CHP, which was able to identify the suspect, his vehicle and residence.

On Wednesday, at about 9:30 a.m., the CHP made contact with the Meeker and executed search warrants of his home and the F-150.

The pickup was allegedly illegally equipped with red and blue lights in the grille and rear window, and a siren, the CHP said.

Two handguns, an additional light bar, four badges marked “security” and a gun belt were seized from the truck during the search.

Meeker also allegedly had his child in the truck when he made the traffic stop, the CHP said.

“Based on the inherent dangers of police work and traffic stops and the fact the suspect had a juvenile in his vehicle while he made the traffic stop, the additional charges of child endangerment were included,” the CHP said in a press release.

Anyone who believes they may have been stopped in the French Valley area by someone driving a white Ford F-150 with white, red and blue lights in the grille was asked to call Officer Fenton at 951-506-2000.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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