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Published October 04, 2012, 09:00 PM

After impersonating an officer with an iPad app, a man is arrested for a DUI

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Fargo man is in jail tonight after some unusual circumstances led to a DUI arrest.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Fargo man is in jail tonight after some unusual circumstances led to a DUI arrest.

Police received calls saying, 24-year-old Jeffrey Diesburg, was possibly impersonating an officer by using an iPad application.

Diesburg was arrested while he was parked in this alley way along North University Drive. Police say they received several reports of the man using an application similar to this one - to simulate red and blue flashing lights.

It may not look like much, but at night, when you see something like this in your rear-view mirror, it can be hard to distinguish between what is real and what isn't.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police: "Certainly gave the impression with his actions inside the vehicle that he was a police officer."

They have all the features. Flashing blue and red lights, different choices for speed and sirens. And they are plentiful.

A simple Google search reveals several fake siren applications. But for police, something like this is no prank tool.

Vettel: "It's never funny when you're looking at someone who might be facing Class A misdemeanor charges for their behavior."

A little common sense, and you can avoid being a victim. Squad cars, both marked and unmarked, can have up to a dozen much more powerful lights throughout the vehicle.

Vettel: "If something doesn't feel right, feel free to call 911 for assistance as far as our dispatching identifying that law enforcement officer that's stopping you."

Ultimately, Fargo Police say these impersonation cases are rare, but they do happen. It can be scary, but authorities say the urban legends of violent criminals using this tool are just that, urban legend.

Vettel: "When they do happen, it's often times with people who are intoxicated or make a very weak attempt, and usually people see right through that."

Diesburg is still in jail, awaiting court tomorrow morning. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and three outstanding warrants.

Police have not ruled out pursuing an impersonation charge as well.