Man Poses As Cop And Accidentally Pulled Over Deputy
A Florida man allegedly pretending to be a police officer, pulled over the wrong car. Barry Lee Hastings Jr., was driving a black vehicle with white and amber lights late Thursday night when he spotted the car of an off-duty Lee County sheriff’s deputy and activated emergency lights, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Hastings told the deputy he needed to “slow down.”
The deputy twice asked Hastings for his credentials. Hastings responded that he was “a law enforcement officer and his credentials were at the office,” the sheriff’s office said.
The police report show that this took place on July 4, 2019 just before 8:30 p.m., an off-duty Lee County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling eastbound on I-4, when a black Crown Victoria with white and amber lights pulled behind him with the emergency lights activated.
The deputy then told Hastings he was going to get law enforcement involved and dialed 911, at which point Hastings fled eastbound on I-4. He exited on Branch Forbes and was stopped by a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy, where he was detained while the off-duty deputy was interviewed.
A functional siren box and light setup, similar to HCSO’s, was discovered within the Crown Victoria. There was also a CB radio. No handcuffs or firearms were located in the vehicle.
Hastings exited onto Branch Forbes Road and was pulled over by a Hillsborough County deputy. He was detained.
Inside Hasting’s vehicle, deputies said they found a functional siren box, light setup, and a “citizens band radio.” There were no handcuffs or firearms.
Hastings was arrested for impersonating a public officer.
The crime of Falsely Impersonating an Officer is a Third Degree Felony in Florida and is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
Falsely Impersonating an Officer is assigned a Level 2 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. A judge may sentence a person convicted of Falsely Impersonating an Officer to probation, but may also impose a sentence up to the statutory maximum of five years in prison.
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