4 teens face weapons charges 1 charged with posing as officer

April 02, 1996|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Howard County police arrested four Columbia teen-agers on weapons charges late Saturday and charged one with impersonating a police officer.

The arrest followed an 11: 20 p.m. call from a man on a cellular phone who reported to police that a suspicious vehicle with a flashing light was following his car.

A nearby police auxiliary officer spotted the car, a 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and followed it until marked police units arrived and stopped the vehicle at Windstream Drive and Green Mountain Circle in West Columbia's Wilde Lake village.

Police found the 16-year-old male driver wearing a shirt with "Police" stenciled on it, a badge that said "Security Officer," a shoulder holster, handcuff case, a baton holder and a knife.

Police also found a baton, a BB pistol and BB rifle, a knife, several hundred BBs, a yellow strobe light attached to the dash and a black nylon bag with "State Trooper" stenciled on the side.

The driver was charged with impersonating a police officer, and he and the other boys -- ages 15, 16 and 17 -- were charged with weapons violations. All were released to the custody of their parents or guardians.

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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