KINGMAN (AZ) - Police say an 18-year-old Kingman man took people on ride-alongs and responded to fictional calls as he posed as an officer with the Department of Public Safety.
Skyler Lee Whalen is charged with impersonating a law enforcement official and forgery.
He was arrested Saturday afternoon after he went to the fairgrounds and told people he was responding to a 911 hang-up call.
One of those people he contacted was an off-duty KPD officer, who suspected Whalen wasn't a real officer and contacted his on-duty colleagues to come out and investigate.
Whalen left the fairgrounds in a grey colored Ford Explorer. Officers located and stopped Whalen driving the vehicle in the 1000 block of E. Andy Devine Avenue.
He reportedly admitted to impersonating a police officer and was arrested... Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said Whalen was wearing a DPS badge and ballistic vest and was carrying a police radio, handcuffs, and DPS business cards with his name on them.
He also had several guns and rifles in his SUV, which had been outfitted like an unmarked police car with emergency lights...
Whalen had reportedly taken at least two people on ride-alongs and made them sign release waivers he doctored from documents he downloaded from the DPS website...
Wow, now that is someone who allegedly put lots of thought into a ruse.
Considering he took at least two people on ride-a-longs with him, investigators will have their hands full learning what "Pretend Officer Whalen" did to impress friends for his two work shifts.
I am glad that he was caught before someone got hurt.
I also saw that this is not the first time that the young Whalen was accused of impersonating someone in uniform.
Several US Marines were obviously offended when he allegedly boasted of his service in the Corps.
Evidently, Whalen created a Facebook page showing him in a Marine uniform (dated 2010). Of course he had to be shown wearing a chest full of ribbons and a Silver Star--an easy hint of an imposter for someone so young.
Anyone interested in Mr. Whalen's previous issues with the US Marines is welcome to Google his name or send me an email and I'll share the links with you.
Have a super weekend everyone.