A Florida driver flashing a fake badge and illegally flashing blue lights from his car tried to impersonate a police officer and conduct a fake traffic stop, officials said Wednesday.
The suspect, Jesus Montecino, 57, was identified as attempting to pull over his red Mercedes-Benz at around 8pm on Tuesday night when he was trying to pull over a vehicle in downtown Miami-Dade County.
According to the station, tipster Montecino gave the license plate number to police and officers visited his home on Wednesday.
When confronted by police, Montesino was shown a Miami police “backing badge” and claimed to be a former officer with 19 years of service – but his story was not verified, WSVN reported.
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The station reported that Montesino’s wife talked about the incident during a bond hearing Wednesday morning in Bond.
“He had a Miami Police supporter badge in his wallet. He also had blue lights in his vehicle,” he said. “He had a siren, an intercom, a police battery.”
“He was never a police officer,” he later said According to WSVN.
Montecino has been charged with impersonating a police officer, unlawful use of badge and illegal use of blue lights, the station reported. He remained behind bars at a lockup in West Miami-Dade on Wednesday night, pending further legal action, the report said.