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A Thai man was arrested for impersonating a police officer in order to meet women, police confirmed on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old was detained in a suburb of the capital late on Monday, a Bangkok police officer told reporters by phone.

Yutthana Suriya was dressed in full uniform complete with a real handgun and carrying authentic police ID at the time of his arrest, the news website M Thai reported, citing a police press conference on Tuesday.

He had been masquerading as a police officer for some time, including on Facebook, using his bogus status to befriend and meet women, the report said.

The alarm was raised by a genuine policeman befriended by Yutthana while in uniform, who grew suspicious of his identity.

The suspect faces charges of impersonating an officer of the law, and of carrying an illegal firearm.

After his arrest, he said he had always been a keen fan of the police and had even attempted the police force's recruitment exam.

“I always thought police uniforms looked cool and it was a good way to meet women. I never intended to commit a criminal offence,” he was quoted by the report as saying. - Sapa-dpa