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Merrimack Valley

May 11, 2013

North Andover man charged with impersonating cop

DRACUT — Fabian Rojas, 20, of North Andover has been charged with impersonating a police officer, after a witness alleges he saw Rojas, wearing what appeared to be a gun in a holster, pull over a car for speeding in Dracut.

Rojas pleaded not guilty to driving without a license and impersonating a police officer in Lowell District Court yesterday. He was released on personal recognizance.

Rojas also had warrants out for his arrest on charges of operating a motor-vehicle without a license, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and having no inspection sticker.

Dracut police say that at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, they received a report of a man in a 2001 Nissan Maxima posing as a police officer to pull over a vehicle on Lakeview Avenue.

A witness told police he saw what looked like a gun in a holster on the suspect’s hip, but doubted the man was a police officer.

A Dracut police officer stopped and searched the Maxima and its two occupants, Rojas and a 16-year-old.

The officer found two BB guns and a LED flashlight. Rojas told police he had been “flashing” the light into the woods when a vehicle in front of him stopped.

Rojas allegedly admitted that he exited his vehicle and approached the driver while having a BB gun in a holster on his hip. Rojas told police that when he approached, the driver, he asked him if he knew how fast he was going.

Rojas told the driver he was going 50 mph, and to slow down. He then got back into his vehicle.

The individual who was “stopped” by Rojas is not known at this time.

The juvenile will be summonsed to court and also charged with impersonating a police officer as part of a joint venture.

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