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.