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A woman allegedly attempted to bluff her way past a Washington, DC security checkpoint by pretending to be a law enforcement officer — then fled the real cops before she was busted, according to authorities.
The suspect approached the checkpoint around 8:45 a.m. Saturday, said that she was in law enforcement, the US Capitol Police wrote in a statement.
As proof, the woman presented a challenge coin, a commemorative trinket commonly given in military or law-enforcement organizations to mark an achievement or special occasion, according to the USCP.
While officers continued to question the woman— who was not immediately identified by name — she sped off in a vehicle, the USCP said.
She was stopped again a short distance from the checkpoint and arrested on charges of false impersonation of a law enforcement officer, failure to obey an officer and fleeing a law enforcement officer, authorities said.
The woman then underwent a psychiatric evaluation and was placed in custody at a USCP cell block, according to the department.
The bust came less than 24 hours after a Virginia man allegedly packing a handgun and 500 rounds of ammunition was arrested after trying to pass a Capitol checkpoint without the proper inaugural credentials.
The Beltway is dense with armed security including thousands of National Guard troops both in reaction to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and in anticipation of Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden.
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