Man Charged With Impersonating Officer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area man is facing charges after authorities say he used red and blue emergency lights to stop a Tampa police officer.

Police say 24-year-old Jonathan Charles Stevens identified himself as a Homeland Security officer Sunday night and told the officer that he wanted to report a reckless driver.

Police say Stevens was carrying a gun and had a badge around his neck, but his white Chevy Tahoe was not registered to any government agency. After further questioning by the officer, Stevens reportedly admitted that he was actually a member of law enforcement.

Stevens was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer, unlawful use of a blue light and carrying a concealed firearm. He was later released on $17,500 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

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