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.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Textbook publisher to revise photo caption calling slaves 'workers'
Semi truck caught on camera crossing South Carolina flood waters
'Minions' sign at village of same name taken down amid picture safety concerns
Harry Potter fans 'trying to free' Dobby with socks in London
Researcher puts sea turtles in swimsuits to collect fecal samples