THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - A Houma resident has been told to change the alterations he made to his Tahoe that make it resemble a police vehicle.
Thibodaux police officers say they spotted the vehicle Wednesday in the Thibodaux area.
The vehicle had a Louisiana State Police hat in the front dashboard, a light bar on the roof and a grill guard among other items.
Police say the driver said he'd recently joined the Marine Corps and hopes to join law enforcement one day. Police say the driver claimed he was not trying to impersonate an officer and was allowed to leave with a warning. Officers say the driver told them he would reconfigure his vehicle.
It is against Louisiana law to equip any motor vehicle with lights or sirens which simulate a law enforcement vehicle.
Thibodaux Police Chief Bryan Zeringue is releasing pictures of the vehicle in the event someone is stopped and unusual requests are made of them. Police say when questionable, it is reasonable to request a supervisor come to the scene to confirm you are dealing with an actual police officer.
"This is the type of thing that causes fear and makes people leery of stopping for Police," said Chief Zeringue. "I'm glad our Officers spotted the vehicle and explained the importance of making the proper changes. We appreciate the driver's full cooperation."