A Guy Got Arrested for Using an App to Pretend to be the Police

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Your smartphone? It can do a lot of different things with apps. Like stream March Madness games or listen to Pandora or even flash blue and red lights that mimic police lights! Alexander Welch, a 20-year old Boise kid, used that snazzy police lights app in a prank to get a car to pull over. Once the car pulled over, Welch drove away. Solid prank pretending to be the police! Well, not so much.

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The driver of the other car notified the police about Welch and the police tracked him down, found said app that flashed police lights, and promptly arrested him. According to the Idaho Statesman, the felony crime of unlawful exercise of the function of peace officers is punishable by up to five years in prison. [Idaho Statesman]

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DISCUSSION

Crime: Caused 30 seconds of frustration on the part of the vehicle that pulled over

Punishment: 5 years in prison and your life ruined by a felony on your permanent record.

USA, USA, USA!