ORLANDO, Florida ~ (Orlando Sentinel/Aol News) ~ A lot of people get pulled over by cops but very few actually pull cops over, but apparently that’s what happened in Florida.
Local police report that 25-year-old motocross racer James “Bubba” Stewart Jr. was arrested for using flashing lights to impersonate a police officer and pull over a Chevrolet Silverado on March 28th. Unfortunately for Stewart, the truck happened to contain two off-duty highway patrol troopers and an off-duty Osceola County deputy, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
An arrest report showed Stewart was driving a black 2008 Toyota Tundra eastbound on Highway 4 when the incident began; at 4:50pm he tried to pull over the Silverado, which was being driven by Florida Highway Patrol trooper Kevin O’Quinn. The trooper saw the flashing lights and slowed down as he began to pull over onto the shoulder. Stewart followed the Chevy onto the shoulder but then pulled back on the roadway. As he drove past, Stewart’s passenger, 44-year-old Quinault Thames Jehrrod yelled at the driver to slow down.
When O’Quinn showed them his badge, the flashing lights were immediately cut off and Stewart sped away. O’Quinn then called 911 and calmly described the truck and its passengers, “I can guarantee you this is not a cop,” Quinn told the dispatcher. The off-duty cops followed the Toyota to Orlando International Airport, where where an Orange County deputy and an Orlando police officer conducted a felony stop. Both men were cooperative during the arrest; Stewart now faces a felony charge of impersonating a law-enforcement officer and Jehrrod has a charge of tampering with evidence after he told police that he stashed the lights in his gym bag.
Stewart has racked up a record-setting 11 American Motorcyclist Association Amateur National Motocross titles and was the 2002 Rookie of the Year, and many of the sport’s fans call him “The Tiger Woods of SuperCross”. Stewart didn’t tell investigators why he was using the flashing lights, which he claimed he purchased at a flea market, but experts say the dangers of police impersonation are real and may be psychologically motivated. “It’s absolutely a safety issue,” said FHP spokeswoman Sergeant Kim Montes. “The public needs to feel safe and that when someone is pulling them over, that it’s actually a law-enforcement officer.”
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