Despite red and blue lights on the grill of his 2007 white Chevrolet Trailblazer, an on-vehicle light detection guideline and a realistic-looking airsoft gun under the passenger seat, Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, Dade City just pretended to be proxy, it said in a press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The county includes the city of Tampa.
What Erris did not know was that the driver of the car he was about to overtake was a real undercover detective.
The detective called 911 while holding Erris' patrol car in sight, said the dismissal.
A short time later, Erris was dragged to the side of the road by a real deputy and his vehicle was searched where the dummy and headlights were found.
"It's still unclear at this time if Erris has committed similar crimes in the past," the sheriff's office said.
Erris was subsequently arrested for allegedly imitating a police officer.