Our South Florida criminal defense lawyers have read about some bizarre cases over the years. But this case is among the oddest ones we’ve seen. It seems that a fake police officer was “patrolling” Boca Raton and pulled over a couple of drivers. The 60-year-old Delray Beach man was reportedly wearing a police-type badge around his neck and carrying a loaded handgun.
He questioned drivers about whether they had alcohol or drugs in the vehicle, and when they answered in the negative, he told them to leave. Drivers sensed something was amiss, so they called and tipped of the Boca Raton police. But the biggest red (or in this case, green) flag was the fact that the flashing emergency lights on the man’s Ford Crown Victoria were green, instead of the red and blue that real cops have.
When officers questioned the man, they smelled alcohol on the suspect and arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was also arrested and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Source: Fake cop arrested for DUI – and pulling over drivers, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 18, 2010
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