A Gray man faces charges of impersonating an officer after a Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy spotted his blue 2003 Crown Victoria police interceptor, with “K-9 Unit” decals in the windows.

John J. Redlon IV, 27, was filling his car with gas at the Mobil station at Routes 26 and 115 Saturday afternoon when Deputy Mark Marion pulled up. Redlon’s car had the K-9 markings and in the back seat, a coat rack holding two rolls of police crime scene tape, a black shoulder holster and T-shirts that read “police” and “k-9 unit.”

Redlon told Marion that he wanted people to think he was an officer because he liked the way they pulled out of his way when he drove in the passing lane of the Maine Turnpike. That does not, however, explain the gear in the back seat or how the rear window decals would influence drivers in front of him.

Redlon was charged with impersonating a public servant and taken to Cumberland County Jail. He was released on $2,500 unsecured bond pending a Sept. 15 court date and is not allowed to display or possess police equipment or paraphernalia.