Fake Cop Pulls Over Real Cop in Florida

If you happen to have illegal police lights in your car, you might want to be careful how you use them.

Credit: St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
Credit: St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

A 20-year-old Ohio man was arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer and unlawfully activating blue lights after Florida police say he pulled over an on-duty officer who was driving an unmarked car.

Here’s what police say happened: Justin C. Anderson, a deputy from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, spotted Matthew Michael Lee McMahon driving a white Ford Crown Victoria near Jacksonville on Monday. The real cop noticed that McMahon’s car was going well under the speed limit — 27 mph in a 45-mph zone.

When the real cop tried to pass the slow-moving car, McMahon flashed his own red and blue lights, trying to pull over the real officer, according to police reports.

Anderson saw the lights, he slowed and pulled over to the shoulder. McMahon then pulled up alongside the deputy’s unmarked Chevy Impala, according to the report.

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“He pulled up next to me. Kind of gave me the ‘slow down’ look and pointed this finger at me,” Officer Anderson told NBC’s Jacksonville affiliate First Coast News.

Anderson didn’t recognize the suspect’s face. “We are a rather large department, but I still know a majority of our law enforcement officers.”

According to the report, Anderson then activated his emergency lights, pulled McMahon over and asked, “Are you Law Enforcement?”

The suspect’s answer: “No.”

After his arrest, McMahon was taken to St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. He was released on $5,000 bond Tuesday.

A Concerned Citizen June 30, 2014 at 05:14 PM
I'm thinking that by answering "No" to the question, he avoided the actual impersonating charge, which is why he got charged with activating the lights. Perhaps a legal distinction, but it will likely be a lesser charge. His not getting out of the car probably will also help his case (unfortunately).
Abe Lincoln June 30, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Even a fake cop would have better than nothing at the theatre!
Leave RI July 01, 2014 at 09:34 AM
There are morons galore with cop penis envy. Perhaps If the idiot with too many first names, Matthew Michael Lee McMahon, had some parenting guidance or any family at all they would point out some facts to him including what the hell is that shit ass mess on your upper lip and chin.
knee jerk July 01, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Leave RI: You cross off Florida yet as a possible destination? Just think of the hottest muggiest day you've ever encountered in RI-that's FLA from June -Oct. That heat makes people do crazy things.
Leave RI July 01, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Haha..thanks..it was never a destination though knee jerk.


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