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Three juveniles and an 18-year-old man were charged Friday after allegedly using a cell phone application to simulate police cruiser lights and pull over three vehicles.

Around 11:53 p.m. Thursday, a man called 911 after a traffic stop struck him as odd.

The man told Harford County sheriff’s deputies he was on his way home when he saw a silver two-door Honda Civic driving in the opposite direction on Route 924, according to the police report.

The driver of the car made a U-turn and followed the man onto Bright Oaks Drive in Bel Air, then activated what looked like police emergency lights, according to the report.

The man pulled over and waited because he thought he was being stopped. After about two minutes the car drove away, peeling wheels in the process, according to the report.

Less than half an hour later, around 12:20 a.m. Friday, a 16-year-old girl said she saw a white or silver two-door car pull out of a driveway and activate what looked to her like emergency lights.

The girl continued to drive to her friend’s residence in the 1800 block of Woodhome Court in Bel Air and pulled into the driveway.

When she stopped, someone leaned out the window of the other car, shined a flashlight on her and told her he knew she didn’t live there and that she had better get back in the car because they were police officers, according to the report.

The girl called her mother, who called 911.

Around 11:40 p.m. Friday, another person reported a suspicious stop by a red Ford SUV with a spotlight and red and blue flashing lights.

A deputy driving in the area saw a red Ford Expedition with its lights off and stopped it. Six people were in the car.

Two juveniles were released at the scene when police learned they had been picked up after the incident.

The other boys said they were driving around pulling over their friends with the police application on a phone that flashes red, white and blue lights, according to the report.

One of the boys said he got the idea from YouTube and admitted it had been the four of them the previous night as well, according to the report.

Samuel Michael Ostendorf, 18, of the 300 block of Regal Drive in Abingdon, was charged Saturday with three counts of impersonating a police officer, false imprisonment and making a false statement to police. He was released from the Harford County Detention Center on his own recognizance later that day.

Two-17-year-old Abingdon boys and a 16-year-old Bel Air boy were also arrested and face similar charges as juveniles. They were processed at the Harford County Southern Precinct and released to their parents.




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