A Tucson couple may be able to avoid felony convictions after pleading guilty Wednesday to one count each of impersonating a peace officer.
Alan Eugene Wilson, 41, and Kristine Wilson, 47, were indicted last month on five felony counts each of impersonating a peace officer.
On Wednesday, Alan Wilson admitted he was dressed similarly to a police officer when he pulled over a car near North Stone Avenue and East Fort Lowell Road on Dec. 7, 2011, using blue and red lights that had been installed on his vehicle. After realizing the driver was a teacher at his son’s school, he sent her on her way.
Kristine Wilson admitted she was with her husband on June 10 when he pulled over two people in a car about midnight. She acknowledged they went up to the car, asked the driver who the registered owner of the car was and spoke to her on the phone. Kristine Wilson further admitted they were wearing clothing similar to that worn by officers and they told the women in the car they could’ve been cited.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Scott Rash could designate Kristine Wilson’s crime a misdemeanor at the time of her sentencing and place her on probation or give her up to six months in jail. If he chooses to designate it a felony, Kristine Wilson is facing a term of probation or up to two years in prison.
Rash can place Alan Wilson on probation or give him up to two years in prison. If Alan Wilson is placed on probation and successfully completes it, Rash could designate the crime a misdemeanor.
At the time of the Wilsons’ arrest, Tucson police said the impersonators conducted traffic stops several times and gave verbal warnings. In one incident, they intervened in an altercation while impersonating officers.
Police impounded the couple’s vehicle in June, and seized law enforcement uniforms and gear.
Rash will sentence the pair Jan. 16.