"It totally defames our industry."
The man arrested for impersonating an officer says pretending to be an officer made him feel powerful, according to court papers obtained by 11 News.
The police began investigating the alleged impersonator back in November 2010. It all started when Jason Doorenbos-Parry had allegedly pulled a driver over for a traffic violation near America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs.
According to the paperwork, it didn't take long for officers to find a trail of complaints, which all lead back to Doorenbos-Parry.
The 25-year-old was advised of his charges Monday. Bail has been set for him at $1,000. The already-convicted felon is accused of pretending to be a police officer.
The court papers go on to say that an officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department had noticed Doorenbos-Parry had pulled a car over along Conejos St, under the Cimarron bridge. Doorenbos-Parry allegedly told the officer he was in charge of security at America the Beautiful Park.
When the officer approached Doorenbos-Parry about the stop, court papers show, he appeared to be "nervous” and “stuttering."
The affidavit says it was then that the Springs police officer ran a search on Doorenbos-Parry and found several complaints against him. One of those complaints is from Ken Riggs, a security officer who works near the Citadel Mall. "I didn't really have a reason to doubt [Doorenbos-Parry], until I went on a ride-along with him later that night," Riggs said.
The court documents show Riggs complained about Doorenbos-Parry driving around 100 mph in his personal car, which police say he outfitted with flashing lights and a siren. Riggs said Doorenbos-Parry claimed he was responding to a “call.”
"It's absolutely stupid, it totally defames our industry," Riggs complained. Doorenbos-Parry is also accused of other fake traffic stops and issuing fake citations to teenagers and homeless people in America the Beautiful Park.
"It doesn't do the cops any good, and it doesn't do us any good,” Riggs said. “It makes our jobs a whole lot harder."
During a search of the suspect's home, according to the court documents, police found pads of fake trespass notice forms. Investigators also say he made statements indicating that he made mistakes and was sorry.
Doorenbos-parry is being charged with two felony counts, one for impersonating an officer, the other for possession of a weapon by a previous offender. He will be in court next Monday.