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Fake cop dressed up, flashed red lights to try to beat traffic, charges say

ST. PAUL -- A Falcon Heights man was cited for impersonating an officer after he drove onto the shoulder of Interstate 94 to avoid traffic -- including a member of the Minnesota State Patrol.

ST. PAUL - A Falcon Heights man was cited for impersonating an officer after he drove onto the shoulder of Interstate 94 to avoid traffic - including a member of the Minnesota State Patrol.

The trooper noticed 40-year-old Steven Esty’s 2013 GMC Yukon through his rear-view mirror around 5:30 p.m. Monday. Esty was driving on the shoulder of I-94 to pass other vehicles and had red and blue lights on his front dashboard, the complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court said.

Esty stopped abruptly and darted back into traffic before merging lanes to reach the other side of I-94. When the trooper tried to merge toward the GMC Yukon, Esty began edging across the interstate a second time, the complaint said.

In addition to dashboard lights, Esty’s car had lights in the rear window, a radar detector, a mounted digital camera and a remote for a siren, according to the complaint.

He was also cited for prohibited lights and driving off the traveled portion of the road to pass traffic, which are petty misdemeanors. Impersonating a police officer is a misdemeanor.

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Esty said he was on his way to visit his mother in the hospital and that he didn’t know the lights were prohibited, according to the complaint.

However, he was convicted of having the prohibited blue lights in 2013. He has several convictions for speeding and not wearing a seat belt in Ramsey and Dakota counties, court records say.

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