Palmetto man arrested for impersonating a cop for a second time

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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 7:58 am | Updated: 9:15 am, Tue Dec 31, 2013.

MANATEE COUNTY, FL- 24 year old Jonathan Stevens of Palmetto was arrested over the weekend for impersonating a law enforcement officer.

He was driving a white Chevy Tahoe equipped with flashing red & blue emergency lights. The suspect activated the emergency lights to stop a Tampa Police officer so he could report a reckless driver.

He said he was a Homeland Security officer and he had a gun and a badge around his neck. Just before turning on his lights, he also called dispatch to report the same information as well.

The officer found the suspect's actions suspicious so she continued to talk to the suspect and also discovered the vehicle was not registered to a government agency. Upon further questioning, the suspect admitted he was not employed by a government agency. He doesn't have a concealed weapon permit.

It was also discovered that Stevens was arrested last September in Manatee County for impersonating a police officer, when he pulled a motorist over at the Ellenton Outlet Mall.  In that incident he allegedly told the motorist he was an off duty officer.  He currently faces felony charges.

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