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Monday, April 22, 2019

Man pretending to be an officer tried to pull over a real detective and got arrested

When a South Florida undercover detective almost got pulled over last week, it came as a surprise that the officer attempting to conduct the traffic stop wasn't even a real one.

Despite having red and blue lights on the grill of his 2007 white Chevrolet Trailblazer, a law enforcement light bar on top of the vehicle and and a realistic-looking airsoft pistol under the front passenger seat, Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, of Dade City, was just pretending to be deputy, according to a press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

What Erris didn't know was that the driver of the car he tried to pull over was a real undercover detective.

The detective called 911 while keeping Erris' "patrol car" in sight, the release said. A short time later, Erris was pulled over by a real deputy and had his vehicle searched, where the fake gun and lights were found.

Erris was subsequently arrested for allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer.

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