Wildland firefighter arrested for impersonating a police officer

lawThe Albuquerque Journal and KRQE.com are reporting that a former wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Indian Affairs was arrested for impersonating a police officer Wednesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tyree Appleberry, 42, working as a security guard, turned on the blue and white strobe lights on his Chevy Tahoe and pulled over an undercover Albuquerque police detective. He started issuing verbal commands to the detective who became suspicious and asked Appleberry for his identification. When the detective identified himself as a member of the Albuquerque Police Department, Appleberry tried to flee, but the police apprehended him.

Appleberry had a warrant out for his arrest and was driving on a suspended license, police said. He was charged for that and for impersonating a police officer. His license was suspended in 2004. In March 2011 he was charged with driving with a suspended license, careless driving, and failing to appear in court.

KRQE.com reports that Appleberry was a “contract firefighter” this summer for the BIA, which sounds like he was an AD firefighter working part time.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Wildland firefighter arrested for impersonating a police officer”

  1. Awesome story Bill… I’m starting to believe more and more that Karma really exists. Glad this person is off the streets.

    Person (former firefighter) impersonating a cop pulls over an off-duty cop…. BUSTED.


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