As of late, an unfortunate Florida man pretending to be a police officer was arrested after attempting to pull over an undercover detective.
A Florida man was captured Tuesday night subsequent to mimicking a cop while pulling over somebody who ended up being an undercover officer. Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, had his white Chevy Trailblazer furnished with red and blue glimmering lights on the rooftop six days prior when he pulled over another vehicle in Tampa Bay, Florida, police said.
Erris was driving north on Paul Buchman Highway in Tampa around 8 pm when he flipped on the red and blue lights to pull over a vehicle in front of him, as indicated by the Tampa Bay Times. However, little did he know that his luck was about to run out!
The undercover Hillsborough County sheriff's detective who was driving the unmarked agency vehicle didn't immediately pull over, so Erris moved to another lane and pulled up alongside the detective to confront him.
Consequently, the detective called the dispatchers to warn patrol deputies regarding the same, as indicated by an arrest report received by the Tampa Bay Times. 'Deputies did a REAL traffic stop on Erris,' the county sheriff's department composed on its Facebook page on Thursday.
The post was accompanied by the hilarious hashtags, '#FakeCop,' '#GotEm,' Consequently, Erris was booked into the Hillsborough County prison where he was discharged Thursday in the wake of posting $2,000 bail.
Prison records showed the 26-year-old fills in as a senior dismantler at a rescue yard. Amid his capture, Erris allegedly admitted to installing the emergency lights and a public address system with speakers on his vehicle, telling an agent he utilized the gadgets to get past overwhelming traffic, the capture report demonstrated.
The genuine officers likewise found a pellet firearm underneath Erris' front seat. "It's unclear how many times he has done this in the past," the department added. "Anyone who recognizes his vehicle and believes they may have been a victim should contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200."
Along similar lines, a Florida man was quite recently arrested after stealing a box of highly potent opioids which actually turned out to be laxatives. Peter Emery, 56, was caught on video taking pills from a lockbox, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office affidavit. He later told police that he took two pills thinking they were hydrocodone acetaminophen — a narcotic that contains an opioid. When he learned that they were 'something else,' he threw the pills away, the report stated.