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La Habra Heights Assistant Fire Chief Arrested For Impersonating Law Enforcement

A white Chevrolet truck that's parked outside near an ambulance.
Timothy Peel's truck.
(Courtesy of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)
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The assistant chief of the La Habra Heights Fire Department has been arrested for impersonating a police officer and false imprisonment.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesperson says their public corruption unit found 34-year-old Timothy Peel passing himself off as a police officer, conducting traffic stops and unlawfully detaining his victims. Peel allegedly used a white 2020 Chevrolet Silverado truck equipped with lights and a siren to conduct the stops.

He was released Thursday on bond after posting $100,000 bail. Peel’s case will be presented to the District Attorney's Office.

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LASD is asking the public for help in identifying any additional victims who Peel may have unlawfully detained. The department can be reached at 213-229-1700, or anonymously at 800-222-8477.

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