Central Florida evangelist accused of impersonating an officer
Deputies: Man flashed badge on another driver
A Central Florida evangelist is facing charges after deputies in Osceola County say he pulled out a badge on another driver and ordered him to pull over.
Almed Jurado was arrested over the weekend after the altercation on Orange Avenue in Kissimmee.
Deputies say Jurado initially slammed on his brakes when he was in front of a semi. Investigators say he later got behind the semi, and then when the drivers reached an intersection, he got out of his car. Investigators say Jurado then flashed a badge, told the other driver he was a police officer, and demanded he pull over until he could call law enforcement. The semi driver called 911 instead.
Deputies say Jurado was found with a badge that read "Florida Ministry Association." Jurado told them he had the badge because he worked as a chaplain. He denied flashing it to the semi driver.
Local 6 found a Facebook page which shows Jurado preaching to groups in Osceola County. The page also promoted upcoming events.
Jurado is now charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer. He was booked into the Osceola County jail but is now free after posting bond.