Police say a man allegedly posed as a police officer to get free access to a Bronx subway and then used pepper spray on the cop who tried to stop him.
Authorities say the real police officer was investigating a report Wednesday morning about a cop impersonator at the West 170th Street and Jerome Avenue station in Mount Eden when he spotted the suspect on the platform while interviewing the token booth clerk.
Police say the suspect showed the officer a forged ID card and fake shield. The officer went to arrest the suspect, but the suspect pulled out pepper spray, sprayed it in the officer's face and ran off.
The officer was treated for the irritant and released.
The suspect, Luis Nunez, 28, was arrested Thursday night, according to police, on charges that included assaulting a police officer, criminal impersonation and criminal possession of a weapon.