Huffington Post- Florida man John Arthur Benedict, 69, was arrested Saturday after cops say he tailed and then pulled over a pair of undercover detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office while impersonating an officer.
The officers drove a white, unmarked SUV that Benedict later claimed he saw speeding. Police said that the fake cop drove a Crown Victoria with strobe lights and a "police interceptor" emblem on it. From afar the cruiser looked legit, so the driver of the undercover vehicle pulled over.
But as the detective pulled over he noticed the vehicle was actually not law enforcement and it continued to drive east into a supermarket parking lot.
There, one of the officers got out of the car and asked Benedict if he was a cop. The police report was redacted, so it's unclear what Benedict's response was. It did say that he allegedly bought and installed the emblem because he wanted his Crown Victoria to look like a cop car.
Benedict later described the incident as a "senior moment," and said he'd never done anything like that before. However, the man's son admitted his dad had impersonated a cop before, turning on the strobe lights to direct traffic at accident scenes in Lee and Harris counties, according to the police report.
Citizen's arrest gone wrong. Hey, don't we all wish we could pull over speeding cops? You think every time a cop throws the sirens on and zooms through a red light or forces you to get in the slow lane he has somewhere very important to be? Fuck no. They like to drive fast and get where they are going in a timely manner like the rest of us. They just have a free pass to do so at our expense whenever they wish.
What an indictment of the Florida police force, although at this point I can't say I was expecting too much. Still, I would think they could identify one of their own. When you get fooled by a 69 year old man with a strobe light you might be better off as a desk jockey. If you think about it though, a cop's presence is enough to make you obey the law. If you can fool law enforcement I am sure you are at least slowing down the average citizen. I don't think I have ever seen a Crown Victoria or a Dodge Charger and not pumped the breaks a little bit. If the goal of law enforcement is to make sure people obey the rules of the road he's got to be at least partially successful. Can't be any worse than this 'guy'...
I actually respect the hell out of the old man's excuse too. Whoops, senior moment! Nothing premeditated about attaching a police interceptor emblem to your car and installing a strobe light. Just kind of happened. You know how these things go. He's an old retired dude with nothing to do. It's not like he can give out legitimate tickets or anything. Let the guy enjoy playing cop occasionally so he's not just sitting on the couch waiting to die. Look on the bright side, he hasn't killed anybody yet. That's more than we can say for more than a few legitimate officers this year.
P.S. What a terrible son this guy has. Just straight up ruins the "senior moment" excuse. Could have sworn he had the cops going too. However, I suppose it's not too crazy that the son is impersonating a narc, when dear old Dad is impersonating a cop. Apple doesn't fall far...