A Baton Rouge man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly impersonated an officer and used fake blue lights to pass a state trooper in Rapides Parish.
Bassel Akram Saleh, of 14000 Town Drive, was arrested after the trooper he passed then pulled him over, according to a report from The Town Talk. Saleh faces charges involving the impersonation of an officer as well as for narcotics and drug paraphernalia that were allegedly found within the vehicle.
Saleh, 29, is accused of activating blue lights within the vehicle, causing the trooper to pull over, according to the report. When Saleh's vehicle drove past, the trooper said it was not equipped with a license plate, and the vehicle was also being driven "in a reckless manner."
A law enforcement license plate was found within the vehicle, and the car featured a decal that read "Warning: Police K-9," according to the report. Saleh has never been a law enforcement officer, the report said.
Saleh was booked into Rapides Parish Detention Center on charges of no license plate, improper tints on windows, blue law violation, reckless operation and multiple drug possession counts.
For the full report from The Town Talk, click here.