Catching suspects who impersonate police officers is not an easy task, but one man in Arizona made it a little easier on state troopers when he pulled over two troopers in an unmarked state patrol car.
Troopers Nick Westbrook and Jessie Stradling were in an unmarked Ford Mustang as they patrolled for aggressive drivers in Phoenix when a black Dodge Charger that looked like another undercover car got behind them, turned flashing blue and white lights on and attempted to pull the troopers over.
“It shocked us at first when the lights came on, obviously,” Westbrook told KPHO. “I could see in the car just enough that it looked like someone was wearing some police-style uniform.”
The troopers maneuvered behind the Charger, lit it up and pulled over Matthew Allen Disbro, 44. The troopers told KPHO Disbro was wearing a security uniform and was armed with a handgun, handcuffs and pepper spray.
Disbro was taken into custody and charged with impersonating a police officer. He allegedly told the troopers he was just trying to protect the public, but that reasoning still doesn’t sit well with Westbrook.
“We don’t know how many times he’s done this,” Westbrook said. “This could’ve been his first time, could’ve been his 50th time. We don’t know, and that’s a concern for us.”