A man impersonating law enforcement pulled over a van in Long Island on Friday.
Unfortunately for him, the vehicle was full of detectives from the Nassau County Police Department’s electronics squad, the Associated Press reported.
Valiery Portlock honked his horn and flashed emergency lights in an attempt to get the van’s driver to pull over, according to Nassau County authorities.
The law enforcement officials inside the car identified themselves and approached the fake cop’s vehicle, causing Portlock to swerve into oncoming traffic and speed away.
According to police, highway patrol officers eventually arrested him.
Officials charged Portlock with criminal impersonation and reckless endangerment, the AP reported.
Valiery Portlock isn’t the only would-be criminal mastermind to see his plans go astray in hilarious fashion
Last month, a Missouri fugitive’s attempt to evade police was foiled after his own body betrayed him.
According to a Facebook post from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Liberty Police Department were searching for an unidentified man who was wanted for possession of a controlled substance in Clay County.
While police were looking for the suspected felon, he farted so loudly police were easily able to locate his hiding spot, Fox 9 reported.
“If you’ve got a felony warrant for your arrest, the cops are looking for you and you pass gas so loud it gives up your hiding spot, you’re definitely having a ? day,” the sheriff’s office wrote in the post.
“We’ve gotta give props to Liberty PD for using their senses to sniff him out,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a subsequent comment.
The official Liberty, MO Twitter account also joined in on the fun, thanking police for the smooth arrest.
Both stories come amid a divisive national conversation over an alleged epidemic of systemic injustices in policing. Public attitudes toward police officers have shifted in recent years. In 2015, public confidence in police hit an all-time low, according to a 2017 Gallup survey. And while overall confidence levels have since recovered, minorities’ and liberals’ trust in law enforcement has continued to decline.