Man impersonated officer, pulled over car of women, Seminole cops say

Women refused to obey man's orders to get out of vehicle

Joseph Bradford.
Joseph Bradford.

GENEVA, Fla. – A Seminole County man has been arrested after authorities say he was impersonating a deputy when he pulled over a car full of women.

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Joseph Bradford, 27, has been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, false imprisonment and unlawful use of blue lights in the Sunday incident.

Deputies said they were called to the area of State Road 46 and County Road 426 for a report of an older model truck with flashing red and blue lights.

The victims said they were driving on Snow Hill Road toward County Road 426 and passed the Ford Ranger, which then turned on blue and red lights. The driver pulled over, and told deputies Bradford started to tell her the speed limit was 35 miles per hour.

According to the report, Bradford then told the victims to get out of the car, which they all refused to because of the vehicle, Bradford's appearance, the late hour of the night and the isolation in the area.

"He could have done anything. You never know. You gotta be really cautious and I'm glad that we rolled up the window and drove off," said Lauren Wixter, one of the victims.

Bradford left and they called authorities with his vehicle information.

He was found several miles from the incident and taken to the Seminole County jail.

He got out Monday morning after paying nearly $3,000 in bond.

Deputies say they don't know why Bradford pulled the women over or was driving with the police lights.