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Fake DEA agent arrested after stopping real federal agent

The Drug Enforcement Administration says this man, 49-year-old Alex Taylor, was arrested Saturday after an investigation into reports he was driving a Volkswagen Jetta with police lights and making unauthorized traffic stops. Taylor is seen in this U.S. Department of Justice photo wearing a gold DEA-style badge around his neck at a home in San Jose, California on Friday, March 1, 2019. (U.S. Department of Justice)

The Drug Enforcement Administration says this man, 49-year-old Alex Taylor, was arrested Saturday after an investigation into reports he was driving a Volkswagen Jetta with police lights and making unauthorized traffic stops. Taylor is seen in this U.S. Department of Justice photo wearing a gold DEA-style badge around his neck at a home in San Jose, California on Friday, March 1, 2019. (U.S. Department of Justice)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A San Jose man has been charged with impersonating a Drug Enforcement Administration agent after he allegedly pulled over drivers, including an off-duty federal agent.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports 49-year-old Alex Taylor was arrested Saturday after an investigation into reports that a man driving a Volkswagen Jetta with police lights was making unauthorized traffic stops.

The DEA says Taylor was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a federal officer, unlawful possession of official badges, identification cards “or other insignia,” and the use and possession of a counterfeit seal of a United States federal agency.

Federal officers first started investigating Taylor after he allegedly pulled over an off-duty federal agent in December in San Jose and identified himself as a DEA agent.

It was immediately clear if Taylor has an attorney.

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