KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 911 operator with the Kansas City, Mo., police department is accused of impersonating a police officer.
Court documents say Adam Schenk, 23, used flashing lights and a siren in an attempt to pull over a teenage girl. He is now facing city charges of impersonating a police officer and careless driving.
Despite those charges, a spokesperson with KCPD confirms Schenk is still employed with the police department, where he is currently being trained in his capacity as a 911 operator.
The KCPD spokesperson said Schenk is currently not suspended, and the department is reviewing the situation internally.
According to court documents, Schenk tried to pull over a teenage girl this weekend along Maplewoods Parkway near Missouri 152 Highway.
The girl told police Schenk drove up beside her in his Ford Crown Victoria and cut her off in an attempt to pull her over –even activating what she thought was a police siren and flashing light in his rear window.
But when the teen realized Schenk wasn't a real officer, she began taking photos of his car, and said Schenk sped off and ran a red light to get away.
When FOX 4 News stopped by Schenk's Gladstone, Mo., home for comment Tuesday afternoon, his mother, Holly, came to the door and told us this is all “a terrible mistake.”
Holly told FOX 4 she did not want to be interviewed, but continued to follow our news crew out to the street to say to our camera, “You know Adam is about as innocent as there could possibly be.”
Digging deeper into Schenk’s past, FOX 4 found a photo on his Facebook page showing his Crown Victoria parked in a space labeled "No public parking. Police cars only."
FOX 4 also found several videos on Schenk’s personal YouTube page, including a compilation showing dashboard video he shot labeled, "Bad drivers of Kansas City,” as well as video of a flashing “Smith and Wesson lightbar," similar to those seen on police cars.
Still, Schenk’s mother is standing behind him, telling FOX 4, "Someone is just trying to hurt my son,” and “You guys don’t know what the hell you’re doing to people’s lives.”
Schenk is due in court next month on Sept. 27, 2016.
KCPD Spokesperson Stacey Graves said if you are ever in a similar situation, you should call 911 and ask dispatch to confirm the officer is legit.
“A KCPD officer will have clearly identifying police markings on their uniform, clothing or a badge,” Graves said. “A KCPD officer will also quickly identify their agency when asked.”