Man attempts to impersonate police officer while being pulled over in Westmoreland County

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NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. — A Mt. Pleasant man is facing charges after police said he claimed to be a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop with a state trooper.

Jonathan Matthew Kauric II, 38, was charged with impersonating a public servant, disorderly conduct, false identification to police and several summary traffic violations after the incident on Route 30 near the intersection of Portal Lane in North Huntingdon.

Police said Kauric’s Honda Accord was pulled over just before 11 a.m. for an inoperable tail light and expired inspection.

Court documents state that Kauric got out of the vehicle and walked toward the patrol unit. When asked for his identification, Kauric became hostile toward the trooper and claimed to be a police officer who was brought to Western Pennsylvania as part of a six-man team to investigate police misconduct, but was unable to provide police identification.

According to police, it was found that Kauric is not employed as an officer and hadn’t been certified through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.

It was also found that his inspection sticker on the vehicle was altered and the emissions sticker on his vehicle was expired.

He was arraigned Friday night and released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 11.