01/05/2001

'Fake' Massachusetts state
trooper is in hot water
[North Adams, Mass.]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A man who cops say pretended to be a State Trooper has been arrested by real state troopers.

Stephen J. Gullekson, 36, is behind bars on $25,000 cash bond awaiting trial on charges that include threatening, drunk driving, possession of marijuana and unauthorized use of alternating flashing lights.

Gullekson was arrested by Massachusetts State Police after a motorist complained that the suspect had pulled him over and identified himself as a state trooper, demanding to see his license and registration, according to a report in the Berkshire Eagle.

The newspaper stated that driver was traveling along Route 8 when he saw a Camaro behind him with flashing alternating headlights, known as "wigwags." The driver said when he pulled over to the side of the road, thinking the vehicle was on its way to an emergency, Gullekson got out of his Camaro and approached his car.

According to the newspaper, Gullekson identified himself as a State Trooper and asked for the driver's license and registration. Gullekson even went back to his car, as if to check the registration, and returned to say there was an "active arrest warrant" for him.

When the driver said there was no warrant for his arrest, Gullekson then accused the motorist of speeding, allegedly "threatening bodily harm" to the driver if he caught him speeding again, the Berkshire Eagle said.

After driving away, the motorist said that Gullekson continued to follow him, once getting out of his car and approaching his vehicle while stopped at a red light in Cheshire. The driver reported the bizarre incident to the real State Police, who pursued Gullekson and arrested him with the help of Adams police, according to the newspaper. At the time of his arrest, Gullekson told officers that he was a corrections officer.

State Police said that he wasn't.

Following the incident, State Police pointed out that wigwag lights can be purchased by anyone. The wigwags are used at night by real police and are usually accompanied by a blue flashing light, a State Police spokesman told the newspaper.

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