Deltona man accused of impersonating an officer to influence traffic in Pierson
Suspect accused of attempting a traffic stop on a detective
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said a Deltona man is accused of impersonating an officer to influence traffic.
The sheriff's office said Thomas Farmer is also accused of giving a detective in an unmarked vehicle a verbal warning.
On Sunday, Detective Sgt. Todd Smith said he was off duty and saw a driver activate flashing red emergency lights while speaking over a public address system.
The sergeant said he saw the red truck while he was in his unmarked vehicle.
The truck had a specialty license plate, special lights and radar, according to Smith.
Farmer is accused of flashing a white light bar in attempt an to conduct a traffic stop on Detective Smith.
The sheriff's office said the sergeant asked Farmer if he was a law enforcement officer. Farmer told the sergeant he was not.
Investigators said Farmer's behavior before he talked with Smith indicated he was an officer. Smith gave Farmer a warning.
After the incident, Smith found out Farmer had pretended to be an officer in two other incidents.
He has been charged with false personation of a law enforcement officer.
Farmer remains held at the county jail on a $2,500 bond.
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