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Man arrested for impersonating officer

Feb. 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM   |   Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A Florida man was arrested for allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer during a routine traffic stop, officials said.

Terence Leon Pitts, 28, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in Clay County, WJXX-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., reported Friday.

A report form the Clay County Sheriff's Office said Pitts was wearing a black "DEA" tee shirt, with khaki utility pants and what appeared to be a "drop leg" holster for a weapon. The deputy who pulled him over asked him to step out of his car and noticed he was also wearing handcuffs in the back of a "duty style" belt, the report said.

When asked for identification, Pitts allegedly patted his pockets and said, " Oh man, I left my ID, my badge and my gun in my locker at the station." The deputy said he asked Pitts who he worked for and Pitts allegedly responded that he was a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The deputy then allegedly asked for Pitts' name and date of birth, to which he allegedly replied "Special Agent Terence Dunbar, April 30, 1984," the report said.

The deputy then placed a call to the DEA to verify Pitts' alleged identity as a field agent, but found there was no information on an officer at the DEA matching the information Pitts allegedly provided.

During a subsequent search of Pitts' car, the deputy found Pitts' wallet with a Florida identification card, but no driver's license. A stun gun was also allegedly found in the center console of Pitts' vehicle, the police report said.

Pitts was arrested on charges of impersonating an officer. He is being held at the Clay County Jail without bond.

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