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Fake Florida officer arrested after stopping real officer

July 6, 2019

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer after pulling over an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Barry Lee Hastings Jr. was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria on Interstate 4 Thursday night when he activated flashing lights on the vehicle and pulled over another driver.

That other driver happened to be an off-duty Lee County deputy, who twice asked Hastings to show him proof he was a law enforcement officer. Hastings replied he was an officer, but he left his credentials at the office.

The deputy then called 911 and Hastings fled. A Hillsborough deputy pulled him over after he exited the interstate.

Jail records do not list a lawyer for Hastings.

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