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Police: Fake cop pulled over real one in Florida

Dec. 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a man who flashed red and blue lights at police and claimed to be a federal officer was arrested for impersonating law enforcement.

Tampa Police said a man with red and blue lights on his Chevrolet Tahoe used the lights to pull over a Tampa officer late Sunday to inform the officer of a reckless driver in Ybor City, McClatchy newspapers' MCT Regional News service reported Tuesday.

Jonathan Charles Stevens, 24, told the officer he was a Department of Homeland Security officer, but Tampa police determined his vehicle was not registered as a police, emergency or government vehicle.

Stevens, who wore a badge around his neck, admitted he was not a government officer and did not have a concealed weapons permit for his Glock .45-caliber handgun, the report said.

Stevens was arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer, unlawful use of blue lights and carrying a concealed firearm.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Stevens was previously arrested Sept. 7 when deputies saw him use the red and blue lights on his Tahoe and a siren to pull a woman over in the Ellenton Outlet Mall parking lot.

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