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Friendship or Foolishness? Man disguises as police officer to bail friend out of jail

Police in China released CCTV video of a drunken man posing as an officer in an attempt to secure the release of a friend, who turned out not to be in custody

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Investigators said the man came into the Yongxing police station in Zhejiang Province June 1 shortly after 21 people were arrested in an illegal gambling sting operation and claimed to be a police officer from Chengdu, and district.

Officials noted that the man smelled strongly of alcohol, and said he told the officers he was looking for one of the suspects arrested in the sting to transport him to another facility.

However, police were suspicious of the man’s story and he eventually admitted he was posing as an officer in an attempt to have his friend released from custody. The man, who said he learned police procedures when he previously worked as a police assistant, admitted to his deception in court and was jailed for five days.

Police said the friend the suspect was attempting to free turned out not to be among those arrested in the sting.

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