COLUMBIA — A man suspected of impersonating a police officer was arrested Wednesday morning.
Zachary L. Rugen, 20, was pulled over at 11:04 Tuesday night by a Columbia police officer who noticed the car he was driving didn't have license plates, Columbia police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.
Rugen matched the description of a man who'd been reported to be impersonating a police officer. Police then searched his vehicle and found items related to the crimes, Stroer said.
Several Columbia residents reported being pulled over by a man flashing his headlights since March 18. The man was described as dressed in plain clothing and claiming to be a DEA agent. The man then asked the drivers for their licenses and insurance information.
One victim reported the man had a gun holstered on his belt but didn't display it while another said the man "pulled a handgun and ordered him from the car," police said.
The man successfully pulled over three vehicles and attempted to pull over another.
Rugen is being held on $10,500 bond on three counts of false impersonation of a law enforcement officer, felonious restraint and second-degree assault, police said.