Florida teen arrested for posing as cop

Jan. 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

SOUTH BEACH, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Florida authorities said an teenager charged last year with impersonating a physician's assistant was arrested this week for pretending to be a police officer.

Matthew Scheidt, 18, was arrested Thursday in South Beach after he pulled his vehicle, which resembled an unmarked police car, next to an undercover police officer sitting in a vehicle, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

"The undercover officer made eye contact with the driver, and noticed that he was conducting himself as an officer, using a laptop, speaking with the officer using police jargon, and even advising the officer to buckle his seatbelt," a Miami Beach police report said.

Police said Scheidt was found to be in possession of an Osceola County sheriff's badge, deputies' T-shirts, a .380-caliber Ruger handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets, a Taser X26 stun gun, a folding knife, handcuffs, a Motorola police radio and an ankle holster.

Charges against Scheidt include grand theft, police said.

The teenager is still awaiting trial on two counts of impersonating a physician's assistant and four counts of practicing medicine without a license.

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