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Man Charged With Impersonating Cop, Possessing Cocaine

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A man from Chicago's near west suburbs was charged with pretending to be a police officer and possessing cocaine after he fired a gun into the air at a West Side gas station Thursday morning.

Around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Nicholas Rada, 29, allegedly pulled into a gas station located on the 900 block of N. Pulaski Rd. with two flat tires, the Chicago Tribune reports. Once there, he told a security guard at the station that he was a cop, flashed a "badge" and proceeded to wait inside his car for assistance with his car. When someone came to ask if he needed help, he reportedly took out a handgun and fired a shot into the air.

After the gas station guard called actual police to the scene, Rada told the officers he shot into the air in order to "scare" away a person who he said had been harassing him, Fox Chicago reports. But police were suspicious. They recovered cocaine from Rada's car and arrested him.

Rada, who lives on the 1700 block of North 77th Avenue in Elmwood Park, has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, false impersonation of a police officer, possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Hwas ordered held on a $50,000 bond, according to Fox Chicago.

Correction: A previous version of this story indicated a "peace" officer was involved in the incident. Rest assured, that is not the case.