Authorities say that a Volo man falsely identified himself as a federal agent to police officers and even presented a fake identification card to them during a traffic stop in Libertyville.
Adrian N. Tostado, 29, of the 400 block of Niagara Drive in Volo, was charged with false personation of a peace officer, forgery, driving while license revoked, illegal screeching of tires and operating an uninsured vehicle.
A Libertyville police officer observed a vehicle, driven by Tostado, turning onto eastbound Park Avenue from Route 21 in Libertyville around 8:35 a.m. April 22.
Libertyville Police Department Lt. Matt Goze said that the officer observed the vehicle accelerate and squeal its tires as the rear of the vehicle fish-tailed.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 200 block of East Park Avenue and spoke with Tostado.
Tostado identified himself as a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Goze said.
The man also presented an identification card purporting himself to be a federal agent.
Officers contacted the ATF, who confirmed that Tostado was not an agent with their organization.
It was also determined Tostado’s driving privileges were revoked. He was arrested and transported to the Libertyville Police Department where he was processed and cited.
A bond hearing was held and a Lake County judge ordered the man held on a $50,000 bond.
Tostado was transported to the Lake County Jail where he later was able to post 10% of his bond and released from the jail.
A status of attorney hearing is scheduled for May 19, court records show.