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Fake cop suspect facing different charges under alias

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CHULA VISTA (CBS 8) - A Chula Vista man accused of impersonating a police officer and conducting traffic stops was in court Wednesday on an unrelated charge, and under a different name.

Kevin Kenniston, 41, is also facing domestic violence charges. He was arrested Monday and bailed out of jail Tuesday.

Kenniston tried to duck News 8's cameras outside court Wednesday. He did not offer any insight into the allegations that he pretended to be a police officer and pulled over two citizens within the past two months.

He was in court Wednesday for an unrelated domestic violence case, using the alias Allen Kennington.

Kenniston allegedly stopped two women as they drove through Chula Vista in February and March.

"He didn't pull anybody over. He didn't use any color of authority to get any benefit from anybody… if he had contact with any other citizens it was as a citizen himself," defense attorney Marc Carlos said.

According to records, Kenniston owns California Funeral Services, an escort company that uses a black-and-white Crown Victoria cruiser that has been seized by police as evidence.

Alleged victim Sparkle Anderson says Kenniston, who was driving his official-looking vehicle, allegedly confronted her about blowing through a red light and almost hitting him.

"He seemed a little upset, like 'Why aren't you driving more careful'… I was sort of timid and nervous, like what is he going to do now?" Anderson said.

The 25-year-old says Kenniston, who was parked alongside her, changed his demeanor when a uniformed police officer spotted the pair and turned around.

"Within a sentence, he stopped and made a u-turn and just fled and I was like, 'What's going on right now?', and I was weirded out," she said.

The district attorney's office is expected to officially charge Kevin Kenniston with impersonating a cop next Tuesday. He remains free on $100,000 bail.

News 8 tried to interview the victim involved in Kenniston's domestic violence case, but the woman - an ex-girlfriend - did not want to go on camera.

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