Cops: Man busted with fake badge, real gun
BENSALEM, Pa. ” Lights flashing and siren blaring, a man with a badge allegedly jumped from his Ford Explorer and unholstered his gun, shouting orders at the motorist he had just pulled over.
And then the real police showed up.
Harry V. Hackert, an employee of a private security firm, was arrested Monday and charged with impersonating a police officer.
Hackert ran a red light near a police station and stopped another driver by turning on the lights and siren he installed on his SUV, Bensalem police said. It was not immediately clear why he stopped the driver.
The 50-year-old Bensalem resident had to pass a marked police car to make his “traffic stop,” according to Detective Keith Christie.
When an officer approached Hackert, the security guard lied and identified himself as a corrections employee, Christie said.
Police said Hackert was carrying handcuffs and a badge with a black piece of tape across it to mimic the bands officers wear when mourning the death of a fellow officer.
Hackert was released on bail and retrieved his car from the police station on Tuesday.
A current phone number for him could not be found.
Bensalem is about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia.
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