Florida man arrested and charged for impersonating a police officer in Hillsborough County

Florida man arrested and charged for impersonating a police officer in Hillsborough County
Man arrested and charged for impersonating a police officer (Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A 26-year-old man has been arrested and is now facing a charge for impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Deputies say that Matthew Joseph Erris decided to play cop, turn on his red and blue lights and pull somebody over. What he didn’t know is that the other driver was a real undercover Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) detective.

Deputies then proceeded to do a real traffic stop on Erris. They also found an airsoft pistol under his passenger seat.

It is unclear how many times he has done this in the past. Anyone who recognizes his vehicle and believes they may have been a victim should contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.

Vehicle of the man who impersonated a cop in Hillsborough County
Vehicle of the man who impersonated a cop in Hillsborough County (Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

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