Police arrest A.G. resident who allegedly impersonated police, made traffic stop

Ken M. Kennon, 52, of Arroyo Grande.
Ken M. Kennon, 52, of Arroyo Grande.

Update, 10:25 a.m.

As of Tuesday morning, jail records list Kennon’s gender as male.

Original story:

An Arroyo Grande resident was arrested after allegedly putting emergency lights on top of their Toyota Prius and trying to make a traffic stop.

A citizen called police at 10:15 p.m. Friday to report that someone in a white Toyota Prius with Texas license plates had used a mounted emergency lighting system to make a traffic stop on the 800 block of North Oak Park Boulevard in Grover Beach, according to a Grover Beach Police Department news release.

The citizen followed the Prius to a nearby parking lot, where they confronted the driver, wrote down the license plate number and contacted police, according to the news release.

Officers started investigating, and at 1 a.m. Sunday, they were able to track down the Prius in Arroyo Grande. Officers found Ken M. Kennon, a 52-year-old Arroyo Grande resident, and arrested Kennon on suspicion of felony impersonation of another and misdemeanor impersonation of a police officer. Kennon was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail, where records show they were also booked on suspicion of possessing or providing a false birth or baptism certificate. Kennon remained in jail Monday and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

The Grover Beach news release listed Kennon as male while jail records list Kennon as female. Grover Beach police had not responded to a request for information about Kennon’s gender as of Monday afternoon.

Anyone who may have encountered a similar situation is asked to call Detective Brad Carey at the Grover Beach Police Department at 805-473-4502, or contact Crime Stoppers at 805-549-STOP or

Tribune staff writer Gabby Ferreira contributed to this story.