A young rural Tremont man allegedly enjoyed posing as a police officer with a flashing blue light in his car until the fun ended Wednesday night.
Maverick Hillman spent the night’s remainder and Thursday in jail before posting bond on two felony charges that carry potential prison terms.
Hillman, 19, used a flashing blue light atop his car’s dashboard to convince two drivers — one on a Morton street, the other on Interstate 155 — that he was pulling them over, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
He posted $1,500 in cash bond Friday to go free pending prosecution on two counts of unlawful use of an oscillating or flashing light, Class 2 felonies that also could be punished by jail or probation terms.
Hillman posted his recorded antics on a social media site, adding the note, “HOLY S---!!! tonight was fun asf pulling people over.”
Another video showing him next to his vehicle was tagged “we pretty much cops now,” the affidavit stated, though no one else was cited as involved in the incidents.
The videos were discovered after a man driving on I-155 near Broadway Road in Morton passed a black car stopped on the shoulder with its lights off. The car’s driver turned on his high-beam headlights and a flashing blue light and followed the man for about a half-mile, the affidavit stated.
As the man slowed his vehicle down, the pursuing car passed him, but the man was able to read its license plate number. That led an officer to Hillman’s home on Robinhood lane, the affidavit stated.
Shortly before that incident, two sisters driving in Morton pulled over when a car began tailing them with a flashing light. The car’s driver stopped behind them for a few seconds before driving off, the affidavit stated.
At Hillman’s home, an officer spotted a light perched in the windshield of Hillman’s car, which Hillman acknowledged he’d been driving earlier, the affidavit stated.