Man Charged For Impersonating A Firefighter During A Traffic Stop

Jim Gudas
July 10, 2019 - 8:52 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A South Elgin man is accused by prosecutors of pretending to be a firefighter to get out of a traffic ticket. 

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon has charged 45-year-old Guy M. Landmeier with false personation of a firefighter, a Class 4 felony. According to Sugar Grove police, at about 8:15 a.m. July 8, police stopped Landmeier at Route 56 and Hankes Road, for an alleged traffic violation. When questioned by police, Landmeier allegedly identified himself as a firefighter and displayed a badge of the Rutland-Dundee Township Fire Protection District.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said Guy Landmeier, Junior of South Elgin hasn’t worked for the Rutland-Dundee Township Fire Protection District since 2009.

"What should have been a routine traffic stop, and probably a very minor traffic violation, escalated quickly into a felony offense," McMahon said. 

McMahon said instead of only a fine if he was simply convicted of the traffic offense, Landmeier is charged with false impersonation of a firefighter and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

Landmeier appeared in bond court on July 8. Kane County Associate Judge Keith Johnson released Landmeier from custody on his promise to appear in court and ordered Landmeier to surrender all badges and other items that identify him as a firefighter.

Landmeier’s next court date is Aug. 8.