Florida man impersonating police officer pulls over undercover detective

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A Florida man was arrested after authorities say he impersonated a police officer – with police lights on his SUV and a realistic-looking airsoft gun – and pulled over an undercover police detective. 

The Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, of Dade City, Florida, on Tuesday night.

Deputies said Erris had red and blue lights installed on his grill, and on Tuesday night he activated them and pulled behind an undercover detective.

The detective called 911 to report an unusual traffic stop and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over Erris a short time later. 

A search of his Chevy Trailblazer turned up a “realistic looking” airsoft pistol. Erris also had a law enforcement light bar installed on top of his SUV.

Erris was charged with Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer and was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, where he was later released on bond. 

Deputies say it’s still unclear whether Erris has committed similar offenses in the past.

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