MARCOS Pacheco-Bustamante likes to impersonate being a police officer but his observational skills need a little brushing up.
He set a blue siren atop his police-like Ford Crown Victoria and turned it on as he drove behind an SUV in Miami, Florida, on Saturday (AEST).
The SUV stopped on the side of Interstate 95, the main highway on the east coast, and 46-year-old Pacheco-Bustamante got out of his vehicle.
He would have been surprised to find that the driver of the SUV was Miami-Dade Police Department Detective Alton Martin, dressed in full uniform. The SUV is an unmarked police vehicle.
Pacheco-Bustamante was arrested, charged with falsely impersonating a police officer and taken into custody. His bail is set at $5,000.
“He indicated to detectives when interviewed that he’s done this before,” Miami-Dade Detective Jennifer Capote told the Miami Herald.
Capote said that Pacheco-Bustamante claimed that when he had previously impersonated a police officer he did it with good intentions. Usually, he claimed, it was to warn a driver who had been texting or speeding.
When his vehicle was searched they found a BB gun a replica that Capote said ‘looks real’.