PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Public Safety said a man was arrested after he was caught impersonating a Mesa police officer on US-60.

According to DPS, Sgt. Brandon Powell was traveling westbound on US-60 near Lindsay Road last Thursday just before 2:30 p.m. when he spotted a large SUV conducting a traffic stop on another car.

DPS said Powell noticed blue and red strobe lights on the SUV and believe it was an unmarked law enforcement vehicle. So he stopped to assist.

The male driver of the SUV was already speaking to the female driver of the car when Powell stopped to help, DPS said. Powell noticed the man did not have a firearm on his waist and was wearing a shirt embroidered with the letters, "Mesa Police," on a gold badge.

The man was later identified as 28-year-old Joshua Hillman. He told Powell he had pulled the car over because the driver had cut him off. According to DPS, while questioning Hillman, Powell realized Hillman was not a law enforcement officer or in any way affiliated with the Mesa Police Department.

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Hillman said he has used the red and blue lights in the past to contact stranded motorists, according to DPS. 

DPS said Hillman was arrested and booked into jail for impersonating a police officer and three counts of kidnapping.

Court records show he has been arrested before on charges of impersonating an officer.

The department is asking anyone who may have had contact with Hillman to come forward by calling 877-272-8329 or submitting a tip online.