(NBC) – A Florida man was arrested Tuesday in the Tampa Bay area after police said he stopped an undercover detective by posing as an officer.
Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, was driving his white 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer when he allegedly turned on red and blue lights to stop another driver, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff.
This other driver turned out to be an undercover detective from the sheriff’s department who then called the emergency dispatcher to report the unusual traffic stop. The detective watched Erris’ car until the sheriff’s deputies could answer.
When MPs searched the Trailblazer, they found an airsoft pistol that looked like a pistol in a holster, and found that Erris’s car had a lightbar on top of an SUV.
Erris was charged with impersonating an officer and released Thursday on $ 2,000 bail, according to the arrest report.
The Sheriff’s Department has asked anyone who might have been Erris’ victims to contact their office.