SAN ANTONIO TX March 15 2017 — An off-duty prison guard has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said a deputy on patrol spotted someone in a white Ford Crown Victoria with flashing red and blue emergency lights performing a traffic stop at 2100 Cullum Park. The deputy stopped to check it out and discovered the person performing the stop, Justin Warner Coats, was not a police officer, but an off-duty prison guard. A news release states the guard was in uniform and was armed but was not authorized to conduct traffic stops.
The woman driving the car that was pulled over said she stopped because she believed the Crown Victoria was a real patrol car. The deputy arrested Coats on a charge of Impersonating a Public Servant.
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to study the photo of Coats, the uniform, and the car. If anyone is aware of other crimes involving Coats and/or the vehicle, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 210-335-6070.
They are also reminding the public that, if they in doubt of whether an officer stopping them is real or if it is in an unpopulated area, they may:
Activate their hazard lights
Slow their speed, but continue driving
Gesture to the officer that they intend to stop
Continue driving in this manner to a populated/safer area
Ask to see the officer's I.D.
Call 911 if in doubt. Be aware of urban legends which tell you to call other numbers.