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Stupid Crimes: Lights out for police look-alike

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DC,Crime,Scott McCabe,April Burbank

Engagement up in smoke

A prospective groom and three of his best men were arrested after a marriage proposal stunt in which hundreds of motorcyclists blocked a Southern California freeway.

Police said as many as 250 motorcycles stopped on Interstate 10 in West Covina so that Hector Martinez, 24, could propose to his girlfriend. At one point, a bike sent up a cloud of pink smoke.

Sgt. Kurt Stormes of the California Highway Patrol said investigators were able to find the men through social media.

"They bragged about it a lot," Stormes said.

Unhappy returns

A man trying to return a printer at Walmart without a receipt had an even slimmer chance of success when police found a sheet of two photocopied $100 bills inside.

Police said they found three other counterfeit $100 bills on Jarad Carr, 37, after he physically resisted arrest at the store's service counter last week in Lake Hallie, Wis.

Carr had insisted on returning the printer to the store without receipts or other proof of purchase.

Carr was arrested on charges of attempted theft by fraud, forgery and resisting arrest, according to Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal Smokowicz.

Lights out for police look-alike

A Washington driver sped through interstate traffic with flashing lights in his windshield, passing a police officer on the way to catch up with his friends at a car show, Oregon police said.

Police said that James Winfrey, 27, used the lights to drive at 80 mph with his 12-year-old son in the passenger seat and suddenly turned off the lights when he passed a real police car stopped on the highway.

Police who saw his 2009 Nissan Maxima did not recognize it as one of their own, and Winfrey was cited for disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and other traffic violations.

-- April Burbank and Scott McCabe

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