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PALMER, ALASKA-Alaska State Troopers report that they took Kenneth Wilson, 28, into custody at about 6:30 pm on Monday at his Palmer home. Wilson was charged with one count of Impersonating an Police Officer in the First Degree.
The charges stem from an incident the night before, when Wilson attempted to conduct a traffic stop while using his silver 2002 Ford Explorer, that vehicle was equipped with flashing lights and a siren. The vehicle also had an antenna placed on the vehicle similar to the ones law enforcement use. The investigating Trooper, Dugger Cook, wrote in the affidavit that, “If I had been in the opposing vehicle in the incident … I would absolutely think I was being stopped by police,” He continued by writing, “The vehicle looked remarkably like an unmarked undercover law enforcement vehicle.”
Cook’s affidavit also contained information on other items found during a search of Wilson’s home. According to Cook, two bullet resistant vests, two-one million volt tazers, several pair of cuffs, three handguns, ammo and a rifle, a cap similar to those worn by DEA officers that said “BEA,” with a matching windbreaker style jacket that had “Fugitive Recovery Agent” printed across the back were found at the residence. Wilson also showed a badge to Cook that said “Fugitive Recovery Agent,” and an additional pistol. Cook said that Wilson informed him that he carries the pistol with him often.
It was Wilson’s room-mate that reported the incident to the Troopers. That room-mate had ridden along with Wilson the night before, where they attempted to stop a vehicle with two women in it. The pursuit began in a gas station parking lot, where Wilson chased the other car with his sirens blaring and lights flashing. The car containing the women entered the roadway and Wilson followed in pursuit. After a short while, the women sped off, leaving Wilson behind. Wilson and his room-mate returned home.
According to records, this is not the first time that Wilson has been arrested and charged with this offence. He has prior convictions of second degree impersonation in 2002 and 2005. As of last night, Wilson was still in custody, he had been arraigned earlier in the day.