Tyler Police: Teen arrested for stopping drivers with flashing lights, handgun

Tyler Police: Teen arrested for stopping drivers with flashing lights, handgun

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - CORRECTION: Today in a broadcast, we incorrectly stated that Khristian Welch was charged with aggravated assault. Police were initially called to a report of an aggravated assault. However, Smith County online jail records show Welch is charged with impersonating a public servant. Police say no gun has been found.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police have arrested a Tyler teenager for impersonating a public servant and pulling drivers over using flashing lights.
At 12:35 a.m. Friday, Tyler police responded to State Highway 64 West and Loop 323 after a reported aggravated assault.

The victims told police a white man driving a silver Ford Explorer pulled them over and showed a handgun, according to a news release. The victims were able to get the vehicle's license plate number and told officers the man used red and blue strobe lights during the traffic stop.

A short time later, an officer spotted the SUV and stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Loop 323 and South Broadway Avenue. Khristian Welch, 19, admitted to pulling over a vehicle after watching the victims run a red light, the news release stated.

No weapon was located during a search of the vehicle, according to Detective Andy Erbaugh.

Judicial records show Welch has been booked into the Smith County Jail for a charge of impersonating a public servant. His bond is set at $20,000.

An incident involving a vehicle with the same description was reported around 7 p.m. Thursday on Loop 323 near the Hollywood Theater. Officers were unable to locate the SUV at that time.

Anyone with information on that incident is asked to contact the Tyler Police Department at (903) 531-1000.

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