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Illinois man arrested for impersonating a police officer

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Collin Hamlin, 21, of Lansing, Illinois is facing several charges after police said he impersonated a law enforcement officer.

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - An Illinois man who "always wanted to be a cop" is now facing charges for impersonating a police officer.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Indiana State Police Trooper Hamed was on patrol on I-80/94 when he spotted a tan Jeep Cherokee speeding.

The Jeep was also using red and blue emergency lights.

Trooper Hamed caught up to the Jeep, and clocked him going more than 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

As the Jeep was speeding with its lights flashing, other drivers were pulling over.

Trooper Hamed ran the Jeep's license plate and learned it wasn't an actual police vehicle.

The real police officer then passed the Jeep to take a look inside.

The Jeep passed the officer again, not realizing Trooper Hamed was in an unmarked Dodge Charger.

That's when Trooper Hamed pulled the Jeep over.

As he approached the Jeep, the driver was frantically trying to unplug the flashing lights from a power outlet.

Collin J. Hamlin, 21, of Lansing, Illinois, was quickly arrested.

He told police that he had always wanted to be a cop since he had been a junior cadet with a police department in Illinois.

Hamlin is now facing impersonation of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, emergency lights on an unauthorized private vehicle, unsafe lane movement, and following too closely charges.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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