Man charged with impersonating cop

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A 20-year-old man accused of impersonating a police officer and flagging down a truck has been booked into the Lampasas County Jail.

Carlos Mandujano was charged with impersonating a public servant which is a third degree felony and possession of marijuana following the Monday afternoon incident.

Lampasas police say a truck driver had flagged down a city officer at 1:38 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of South Key Avenue inside the city of Lampasas.

The driver said a man had stopped his truck by honking and waving.

Thinking the man wanted to tell him something was wrong with his truck,  the driver pulled over.

The driver told the officer the man claimed to be a police officer and demanded that he open the trailer.

The man was not dressed in a uniform and did not display a badge so the driver demanded to see some identification.

The trucker told police Mandujano claimed he had stopped the truck because he was a human trafficker.

He said he had run a check on the truck’s license plates and showed the trucker his smart phone where he had entered the plate number in a general internet search.

Nothing was found in the truck and the officer who was flagged down determined Mandujano was not a police officer.

A statement released by Lampasas police said Mandujano admitted he had recently smoked synthetic marijuana and also voluntarily handed over suspected marijuana from his pants pocket.

He was then taken to jail.

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