Glendale man with gun, badge and car accused of impersonating LAPD officer

Glendale man accused of impersonating LAPD officer with gun, badge and car

Police say that Oliver James looked like a Los Angeles Police Department officer. He had a gun, a uniform, a badge, a patrol belt and even a black-and-white sedan, authorities said.

The 44-year-old from Glendale had a name plate, and his car had police lights on top.

When police in  Ventura approached James on Sunday about 1 p.m. near Capri Avenue and Johnson Drive, he introduced himself as an off-duty LAPD officer, according to the city's Police Department.

But police say his story quickly unraveled. Ventura officers confirmed James was not an LAPD employee and not a sworn officer, police said.

James’ cruiser, which had “Police” emblazoned on the doors, was a car the LAPD sold in 2012, officials said. Since then, it has not been registered.

James was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and possessing a firearm, and the car was impounded. He's being held in lieu of $20,000 bail in Ventura County Jail, according to jail records.

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