07/30/2013 06:24 pm ET Updated Jul 31, 2013

Fake Cops Posing As Chicago Officers Pull Over Real Off-Duty Cop During Bogus Traffic Stop


It seems like a lot of people want to be a Chicago cop these days.

Police are looking for two men who impersonated cops when they pulled someone over early Tuesday morning on the city's Northwest Side, ABC Chicago reports.

The target of the impersonators' bogus traffic stop? An actual Chicago cop.

Police say the officer, in his 40s, was heading home from work just after midnight in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood when a white SUV that looked like a police-issued Ford flashed its lights, signaling him to pull over.

According to the Tribune, the real officer was wearing his bullet-resistant vest and a police shirt when one of the two men in plainclothes approached his car and identified himself as Chicago police. Sensing something suspicious after noting their lack of radios or guns, the Tribune says the real officer responded, "Oh really?"

The two men returned to their car and sped off. ABC reports the real officer chased after them but eventually lost them. They suspects are described as two Hispanic men in their 20s who are about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weigh 175 pounds.

For anyone interested in becoming a legitimate Chicago officer, on Tuesday the Chicago Police Department also announced they were offering their officer exam -- i.e. hiring -- for the first time in three years.



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