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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – A man has been charged with pretending to be a police officer in a traffic stop incident this past November.

Matthew Hawes faces a lone misdemeanor charge of impersonating a police officer at the intersection of Gravois and Mackenzie roads.

According to police documents, a man was pulled over by a grey Chevrolet Impala that had red-and-blue flashing lights and a siren. A man exited the car and approached the driver's side window and claimed to be a police officer and quickly flashed an ID card.

The victim said that he had been stopped for suspicious activity and gave the police officer his driver's license, current address and mobile phone number, according to the documents.

After providing information, he was allowed to leave.

After a brief investigation, police later found Hawes had front grill lights, which are those similar to unmarked police cars, in his 2005 Chevrolet Impala, according to documents.

The victim also identified Hawes in a police line-up.

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