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Artesia man charged with posing as officer

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ARTESIA — An Artesia man accused of dressing like a cop and pulling over vehicles with flashing lights has been charged with impersonating a police officer.

Andrade

New Mexico State Police said they received information that Andres Andrade was utilizing lights in his car to “flash traffic.” Police said when Andrade stopped vehicles with his flashing lights, he represented himself as an “officer of the court.”

New Mexico State Police said officers made contact with Andrade while he was in his vehicle wearing what appeared to be a makeshift police uniform. Police said Andrade utilized a red Chrysler four-door sedan, with blue, red and yellow lights, to harass the public.

“He produced an ID card and indicated he worked for the court system as a process server,” state police said in a news release. “He did not deny utilizing emergency lights in his vehicle to harass the motoring public. A subsequent check of all magistrate and district courts within the Fifth Judicial system was completed and Mr. Andrade was not under employment with any of them.”

A search and arrest warrant were applied for and granted through Eddy County magistrate court. On Wednesday, state police arrested Andrade on one count of impersonating a peace officer.

Andrade was booked into the Artesia jail and was released on bond.

State police said the case is still under investigation. Police asked anyone who had contact with Andrade to contact the NMSP dispatch at 575-382-2500.