I-5 cop impersonator turns self in
A man wanted for impersonating a motorcycle police officer contacted Oregon State Police and turned himself in Friday, July 6.
John Olsen, 54, of Portland, turned himself in at 7:30 p.m. Friday. He was cited for criminal impersonation of a public servant and disorderly conduct, and was released. Court records show that as of Monday, Olsen faces only a charge of use of prohibited lighting equipment, a Class C traffic violation which carries a $165 fine.
Impersonating a peace officer, judge or justice of the peace is a Class C felony, which carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and up to a $125,000 fine.
Olsen became the subject of an investigation by state police when he pulled over a driver on Interstate 5 near Ehlen Road in Aurora on July 5.
Olsen used emergency lights to stop the victim, but did not attempt to ticket them or otherwise exert authority, according to Oregon State Police Capt. Timothy Fox.
Olsen stopped the victim for cutting him off, which police do not believe actually happened, Fox said. When Olsen approached the car the victim called 911 and took photos of him on their cellphone. Fox said it was obvious to the victim that Olsen was an impersonator based on his attire.
Olsen was driving a black and white Harley-Davidson style motorcycle with blue lights, which looked like a police motorcycle. Olsen's clothing however was definitely not police uniform. He was wearing a gray balaclava face mask, sleeveless leather jacket, chain wallet and leather pants. Olsen's visible arm tattoos and nose piercing probably also tipped off the victim.