Police officer’s son charged with cruiser joyride

James Berling, photo courtesy NBC Washington.
James Berling, photo courtesy NBC Washington.

CENTREVILLE, Va. (AP) — The son of a Fairfax County police officer has been charged with taking his father’s police cruiser on a joyride.

Twenty-seven-year-old James Michael Puebla Berling of Centreville was charged with impersonating a police officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle and reckless handling of a firearm.

Authorities say a state trooper saw the Fairfax County Police car speeding along Route 29 in Centreville about 1 a.m. on March 16. The trooper followed, and police say Berling stopped the car and fled on foot. Police say he was wearing his father’s uniform shirt when arrested.

Police said the firearm charge stemmed from a separate complaint of a suspicious noise at Berling’s home.

Fairfax County Police say the father, James Berling, was out of town at the time and will not face punishment.

 

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