Man arrested for impersonating police

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have charged a local man with impersonating police by using a dashboard-mounted light strip in his SUV that flashed white and blue.

According to Cpl. Edwin Ritter with the Gwinnett County Police Department, Josue Cruz-Ayala, 19, of Lawrenceville was arrested Monday in connection with a Nov. 13 incident.

The arrest came after a Lilburn man reported that on Nov. 13 someone in a black Ford Explorer attempted to pull him over near Five Forks Trickum and Killian Hill roads using the flashing lights.

The driver, however, was suspicious of the Explorer and refused to pull over.

"The driver of the Explorer began to tailgate him and followed for several minutes. (The driver) contacted the police via his cell phone to report the incident as it was happening," Ritter said.

"As officers were en route to his location, he ran out of gas and pulled over to the side of the road," Ritter said. "The driver of the Explorer pulled up next to him and threw an empty bottle at his car and drove off prior to arrival of the police."

The victim did manage to get the Explorer's tag number.

On Monday, police located the suspect vehicle on the 400 block of Strickland Court.

Gwinnett County Police watched the vehicle and waited for the driver. Officers then followed the vehicle and stopped it for a window tint violation and unsafe lane change.

Officers learned that Cruz-Ayala was the primary driver of the Explorer and "was involved in the road rage type incident" on Nov. 13.

Warrants charged Cruz-Ayala with "fleeing or eluding police as the impersonation of a police vehicle and reckless conduct" for the Nov. 13 incident."