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Man arrested for impersonating Virginia Beach Police officer

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Apr 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-15 23:45:16-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - A 54-year-old man has been arrested for impersonating a Virginia Beach Police officer earlier this month.

According to Virginia Beach Police, Thomas Kent VanKempen was driving a white pickup in the 200 block of S. Independence Boulevard towards Baxter Road when he pulled in front of a female victim, Carol McEwen, and slammed on his brakes.

VanKempen then allegedly got out of his vehicle and flashed a gold badge in a leather wallet at the McEwen and asked for her driver's license and registration.

McEwen says the man told her she was speeding and he could throw her in jail.

When she asked to see his badge again, he quickly headed back to his truck instead.

VanKempen then left the scene and McEwen was able to obtain his license plate number.

VanKempen has since been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and released on bond.

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