Reported By Tracee Tolentino, Reporter - bio | email
Motorist Michael Davis and his wife called 911 after the teens attempted to pull them over.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -
Three Maury County teens are in hot water thanks, in large part, to a Smartphone app lawmen say is illegal when improperly used.
According to arresting officers, Sunday night, 18-year-old Tucker Shields, 18-year-old Jake Randall and an unidentified 17-year-old boy pulled over a motorist using a blue light app downloaded on a Smartphone.
Maury County Detective Johnny Luttrell says the young men drove behind the unsuspecting motorist in a Dodge Charger and then, using the app, activated red and blue emergency lights and pulled over the citizen.
"[I] had a car approach me at a high rate of speed, lights flashing from bright to dim and had the red and blue flickering light in the dashboard," recalled driver Michael Davis. "I had my wife call 911 and see if there was a vehicle like that on their task force and was advised to keep driving that they didn't have one."
The teens were caught by a Columbia police officer who, while on his way to work around 8 p.m., witnessed the incident.
Investigators said the teens confessed to the crime and admitted they obtained the emergency strobe through an easily downloadable app.
They claimed they was just having fun and didn't know there was anything wrong what they were doing.
"State law says blue lights are to be used by law enforcement only," Luttrell told Nashville's News 2 Investigates.
He added, "When people are impersonating me it puts a bad light on [me] and other law enforcement agencies across the United States."
All three teens are charged with criminal impersonation and are suspected in several other similar cases.
Criminal impersonation is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries an 11 month, 29 day maximum jail sentence.
According to public records, Randall was arrested earlier this year on charges of theft over $500 and possession of a prohibited weapon.