Dallas police are seeking 21 year old Ryan Caskey on charges that he impersonated an officer, helped respond to calls and even make arrests. According to this article from the Dallas Morning News, Caskey had some with the Dallas P.D. fooled as he played cop for the day.
Caskey claimed to be on a FBI taskforce. He carried a Marine military law enforcement badge and a Glock handgun. He wore a bulletproof vest and even drove a Crown Victoria with lights on the dash. He had the lingo and the mannerisms down too. Apparently his confidence carried him far.
It started when he befriended a police officer that lived nearby. This turned into him following her on calls and assisting. At one stop he even kicked in the door after the Officer got permission to force entry. With gun drawn, Caskey entered the home, asking questions and behaving as if he were the investigating officer.
It was at a stop like this that a Sergeant questioned Caskey’s credentials. His suspicion wasn’t lost on Caskey who hasn’t been seen since. Police are searching for him and he will likely be charged with impersonating an officer which is a 3rd degree felony that carries a potential 10 year prison sentence and $10,000 in fines.
It isn’t clear yet if he could face additional charges for his acts. Also, police are looking into the possibility that he pulled the same stunt with 3 additional law enforcement agencies. If so, this wannabe cop could be looking at some serious time.
More than likely this man just got caught up in doing something he knew wasn’t right but he always wanted to do. Many people make mistakes; some are just more costly than others. Facing criminal charges for your mistakes can be a real wake up call. Knowing your actions may land you in prison can cause some serious reconsideration and remorse.