Lakeland man charged with impersonating law enforcement officer
Deputies say man used flashing lights to get through traffic
A Lakeland man was arrested Thursday after deputies say he impersonated a law enforcement officer and used flashing lights on his vehicle to move through traffic.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies charged Luis Vega, 38, with impersonating a law enforcement officer and unlawful use of blue lights.
Deputies say they'd received a complaint earlier that day from a woman who said she'd pulled over to the side of the road after someone in a silver car with flashing blue lights on its grill drove behind her.
She said the man in the vehicle didn't look like a law enforcement officer, and when she saw him later down the road, she took a photo of the vehicle and license plate. When Vega approached the witness, she told him it was illegal to impersonate a law enforcement officer. He said, "Good luck with that" and called her a derogatory term, according to an arrest report.
The car's description matched that of a car a deputy had seen the day before. The deputy located Vega and witnessed him use the blue lights before stopping him for traffic violations.
Vega first denied that he was using blue lights, but then said he used them to move through traffic. He told a deputy, “You can get around so much faster when stupid people are moving out of your way,” according to a report.
Vega was arrested and booked into Polk County Jail.