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The assistant fire chief of the La Habra Heights Fire Department was arrested Thursday for impersonating a police officer and false imprisonment, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced.

Timothy Peel, La Habra Heights assistant fire chief, was taken into custody on January 27, 2022 for allegedly pretending to be a police officer. (LASD)

Timothy Peel was taken into custody in Whittier’s 15000 block Danbrook Drive after he complained about his behavior. “impersonated a peace officer, conducted traffic stops, and unlawfully detained his victims,”The LASD released the following statement.

The Sheriff’s Department said Peel “used a 2020 white Chevy Silverado 2500 HD equipped with lights and siren to conduct the traffic stops.”

Jail records indicate that Peel, aged 34, was released on Thursday after having paid $100,000 bail. Peel is due at Downey Municipal Court Monday.

“The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Division,”The release has been added.

LASD would like to hear from any other victims.

For more information, call 213-229-1700

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