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.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

More From CBS Tampa

POLL: How Are YOU Celebrating the 4th of July?What does Tampa Bay like to do for the 4th of July? Our poll has the answer!
Fatal Alligators Attacks in Florida Over Past 20 YearsThe body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy was found Wednesday after he was snatched by an alligator at a...

Listen Live