Hartford police say that Israel Gomez was pretending to be one of them early Tuesday when he got a harsh surprise.
Gomez, 20, was cruising in a 1994 Honda Civic equipped with red and blue strobe lights, a siren and a loudspeaker. Driving behind a car, he turned on his flashing lights and sounded the siren. Gomez drove up to the right side of the car, and using his loudspeaker, ordered the driver to pull over. A second car, driven by an accomplice of Gomez's, pulled up on the left side of the car that Gomez was trying to stop.
What Gomez and his accomplice, Esteban Cardona, 20, did not know, police said, was that they had targeted a real police officer — off-duty Hartford police Lt. Ronald Bair.
The pursued became the pursuer. Bair followed the two cars, called for assistance and confronted the two men.
Gomez was charged with impersonating a police officer, reckless driving and improper use of red flashing lights. Cardona was charged with reckless driving. Both men were released from custody.