WSP: Driver impersonated police to get around slow traffic

WSP: Driver impersonated police to get around slow traffic
The driver of this truck was arrested on suspicion of using emergency lights to pull over slow-moving cars. (Courtesy of Washington State Patrol)

POULSBO, Wash. -- A 21-year-old was arrested early Monday after using blue-and-red emergency lights to pull over cars that were moving too slow for his liking, according to the Washington State Patrol.

According to the State Patrol, a car was driving east on the Hood Canal Bridge shortly before 2 a.m. when a Ford F250 truck behind it activated its emergency lights.

The driver pulled over, and the truck sped by, reportedly running a red light in the process.

The driver called 911 to report the incident and gave dispatch the truck's license plate number. A short time later, troopers stopped Trevor Schwarz of Poulsbo on SR 305.

According to the State Patrol, troopers found the emergency lights on the truck's passenger seat and a loaded pistol under the driver's seat. Schwarz reportedly did not have a concealed-weapons permit for the gun.

Schwarz admitted to using the lights on the Hood Canal Bridge because the car in front of him was going too slow, according to the State Patrol. He reportedly ran the red light so the car couldn't report him and took down the emergency lights shortly thereafter because he realized what he was doing was stupid.

According to the State Patrol, Schwarz also took responsibility for a similar incident July 25 near Silverdale when he used the lights to pull over a car on Kitsap Mall Boulevard then ran a red light.

Schwarz was booked into Kitsap County Jail for investigation of criminal impersonation and unlawful carrying of a weapon.