Cop impersonator arrested after trying to stop real Oakland officer

A man suspected of impersonating an undercover police officer was arrested after he tried to stop a real Oakland undercover police officer, authorities said Friday.

Authorities said the suspect, Antonio Fernandez Martinez, 21, of Oakland, a convicted car thief, was not charged with impersonating a police officer, which is a misdemeanor. Instead, he will have his felony probation revoked and could face a prison term.

Police said Martinez, who was arrested Wednesday, at first denied trying to stop the officer's vehicle. But Officer Jim Beere, an undercover officer assigned to the vice/child exploitation unit whose vehicle Martinez was trying to stop, said Martinez later claimed he thought Beere was a member of a street gang he was having problems with and wanted to see who he was.



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