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The Game arrested for impersonating a police officer

Michael White
New York Daily News

NEW YORK - Rap superstar The Game was busted for impersonating a police officer in midtown Manhattan shortly after he performed at a taping of CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," police sources said Friday.

The 26-year-old former crack dealer hopped into a livery cab with two pals about 11:30 p.m. Thursday and told the driver he was an undercover police officer, the sources said.

The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, ordered the unsuspecting driver to hit the gas and speed through several stoplights, the sources said.

When the real police saw the Lincoln Town Car speeding dangerously through traffic, they stopped the cab.

The hack, Muhammed Butt, told the police that his car had been commandeered by one of their fellow Finest in the back seat. And when the officers questioned The Game, he allegedly kept up the charade.

"Taylor showed (police) a black wallet with an ID," said a police source. "I guess he flashed him something that looked like a police wallet."

After running a check, police learned that Taylor was not a cop - and arrested him for criminal impersonation.

Police hauled The Game to a nearby police stationhouse and released him after issuing him a desk appearance ticket. His two unidentified pals were not charged.

No traffic violations were issued against the livery cab driver, though Fernando Mateo, the head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, said the driver should not have picked up the rapper or any other street hail.

"Only yellow medallion cabs are legally allowed to pick up street hails (below 96th St.)," Mateo said. "That was stupid."

The Game's new album, "Doctor's Advocate," debuted Tuesday.

His arrest comes 18 months after his feud with his former mentor 50 Cent sparked a shootout between their posses outside Hot 97's SoHo studios.

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(New York Daily News correspondent Jego R. Armstrong contributed to this report.)

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