Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Topics  >  Patrol Issues

March 12, 2008
Print Comment RSS

N.M. man paints car like cruiser

The Associated Press
Related: Protecting the public from LE impersonators


Too close for comfort? (AP/David Giuliani) 
LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Jessie Vigil cruises around Las Vegas in his black-and-white, with the familiar red-and-blue emergency bar across the top and the word “police” on the doors.

But he isn’t a police officer and his 2007 Ford Mustang isn’t a police cruiser.

An assistant district attorney says what Vigil has done with his car isn’t illegal as long as he doesn’t act like a police officer.

Vigil started decorating his Mustang last summer to look like the police cruiser in the “Transformers” movie.

He did it because his 7-year-old son, Thomas, was fond of the film.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Joe Ulibarri says it’s against the law to mimic state police cars, which are black and white.

Associated PressCopyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

But he also says state police sell old cars to citizens without repainting them.






PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample