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.