Deputies Cite Driver of a Look-Alike Car

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Marion County Sheriffs Deputies arrested and cited the driver of a car that resembled a police vehicle.

Around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Traffic Safety Deputy Casey Burnham was conducting a traffic stop when a black Nissan Maxima sped by him. Burnham says the car was displaying white and amber flashing lights in the front windshield and flashing blue LED lights in the grill. He says it was also changing lanes and driving around vehicles that appeared to be yielding to the flashing lights.

A few minutes later, Sr. Traffic Safety Deputy Jeff Nicoloff spotted the Maxima exiting the I-5 southbound at Ehlen Road. After exiting the freeway, the car re-entered and began traveling northbound. Nicoloff and Burnham were able to stop the Maxima near the Marion/Clackamas county line.

The driver James Winfrey, 27, of Vancouver, Wash. said he was en-route to a car show with his 12-year-old son, when he became separated from the group he was traveling with. Winfrey said he was only using the lights to help him catch up to his friends.

The amber and white lights were attached to the windshield with suction cups, identical to how the blue and red lights are attached in law enforcement vehicles. The blue LED lights in the grill were also identical to those on law enforcement vehicles.

Winfrey says the lights were usually used for display at car shows.

Deputies found no evidence that he was falsely representing himself as a police officers and attempting to pull over cars. Winfrey was cited for disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and several other traffic violations including.

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