AZDPS: Man arrested in Phoenix for impersonating a police officer

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Matthew Disbro installed fake emergency lights into his personal vehicle to impersonate a police officer. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Matthew Disbro installed fake emergency lights into his personal vehicle to impersonate a police officer. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Matthew Disbro, arrested for impersonating an officer (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Matthew Disbro, arrested for impersonating an officer (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Authorities said a man was arrested Wednesday in Phoenix for impersonating a police officer on State Route 51. 

"It's pretty rare that we, in an unmarked police car, get pulled over by a police impersonator," said DPS trooper Nick Westbrook.

Two Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers were on patrol on State Route 51 in an unmarked yellow Ford Mustang when they saw a black Dodge Charger, equipped with "law enforcement style" emergency lights visible through the car's rear window, according to AZDPS.

[PDF: Official police report]

Troopers ran a license plate check and learned the vehicle belonged to a private citizen.

Troopers said the impersonator activated the red and blue flashing lights and tried to pull the troopers over. After the troopers did not pull over, the Charger pulled up alongside the troopers and the driver started yelling, and waving his hand, signaling the troopers to pull over.

"It shocked us at first when the lights came on, obviously," said DPS trooper Jesse Stradling.

The troopers activated the police emergency lights on their patrol car and initiated a traffic stop on the driver of the Dodge Charger, according to AZDPS.

The troopers learned the driver was an armed security guard in a uniform who was driving in his personal car. The car was equipped with a police-style siren, lights and radio scanner, according to the AZDPS.

"I could see in the car just enough to see it looked like someone was wearing a police uniform," said Westbrook.

Matthew Allen Disbro, 44, of Mesa, was arrested for impersonating a police officer. He was booked into the Maricopa County jail.

"We don't know how many times he's done this. Very happy to have him off the road," said Stradling.

AZDPS wants to know if anyone has had contact with Disbro and has been stopped by a Dodge Charger with "law enforcement style" emergency lights. Anyone with information was asked to contact AZDPS at 602-644-5805.

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