Deputies: Man used fake police lights to beat traffic

Deputies: Man used fake police lights to beat traffic
James Winfrey

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marion County sheriff's deputies said a Washington man wove through interstate traffic at 80 mph with phony police lights flashing.

In his passenger seat was his 12-year-old son.

Deputies didn't recognize the 2009 Nissan Maxima as one of their own unmarked vehicles. And when the driver passed a marked police car, the lights went off.

James Winfrey a 27-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., told police he was only using the lights to help him catch up to friends.

Deputies say they found no evidence that Winfrey was attempting to pull over cars and falsely represent himself as a police officer.

Winfrey was cited for disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and traffic violations.