BOISE, Idaho (AP/The Blaze) — Authorities say a smart phone and a dumb idea have landed a 21-year-old Idaho man in trouble with the law.
Boise police say Alexander A. Welch is charged with unlawful exercise of the function of police after officers say he used a cell phone app that flashes blue and red to try to pull over another car Saturday night.
A motorist called police to report that someone who didn't appear to be an officer tried to pull the driver over with a flashing blue and red light. That driver told police a driver behind them flashed a blue and red light and when they pulled over, the car with the flashing blue and red lights pulled in behind them and then drove away. That raised the suspicion of the driver, who then followed the other car and called police to report what happened.
Welch will make his initial court appearance later Monday. The felony crime of impersonating a police officer is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Welch's cell phone app may have looked something like this: