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Man arrested for impersonating a police officer after pulling over van full of detectives

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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (KUTV) - A man accused of posing as a police officer got a heavy dose of karma Friday after he pulled over a van in Hicksville, N.Y. that just happened to be full of police detectives, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

According to police, 25-year-old Valiery Portlock was driving in a black Nissan Sentra on Hicksville Road near Roosevelt Avenue in Hicksville around 11 a.m. Friday.

That's when police say he turned on emergency lights and started blowing an air horn, telling the van to pull over.

That van was full of detectives from the Nassau County Police Department's electronics squad.

As soon as the detectives told Portlock who they were... police say he tried to flee by speeding away into oncoming traffic.

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Police say he eventually got on the Long Island Expressway where highway patrol was able to stop and arrest Portlock.

Portlock is facing the following criminal charges:

  • Criminal impersonation
  • Fleeing from police
  • Reckless endangerment

Police released Portlock "on his own recognizance" following an arraignment on Saturday.

Portlock is due back in court Thursday, according to News 12.

The arrest report as reported on the Nassau County Police Department's website states:

The Second Squad reports the Arrest of a Hicksville man for Criminal Impersonation that occurred on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Hicksville.
According to detectives, defendant Valiery Portlock, 25, of 7 Gerald Ave., was traveling northbound on Hicksville Road in a black Nissan Sentra in the vicinity of Roosevelt Ave. when he activated his air horn and emergency lights in an attempt to pull over a van. The van was occupied by Nassau County Electronics Squad detectives. The detectives, while stopped in traffic, identified themselves and approached the defendant’s vehicle. The defendant then fled the scene, swerved into oncoming traffic and refused to stop. The defendant continued to drive at a high rate of speed onto the Long Island Expressway. Nassau County Highway Patrol officers were notified and soon spotted the defendant and initiated a traffic stop. Valiery Portlock was placed under arrest without incident.
Valiery Portlock is charged with Criminal Impersonation 1st degree, Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree and Unlawful Fleeing from a Police Officer as well as multiple VTL violations. He will be arraigned on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at First District Court, Hempstead.



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