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