Volusia County man arrested for impersonating a police officer, authorities say

The man had multiple 'portrayed' police badges, authorities say

By Veronika Vernachio - Digital Intern

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - New Smyrna Beach Police Officers arrested a man Tuesday night after he knowingly impersonated a police officer. 

According to the report, Central Dispatch received a phone call from Robert Wines, who informed them a man in a black SUV was driving erratically, displayed a badge and had red and blue flashing lights in his vehicle. 

Wines informed police he followed the vehicle, which eventually stopped in the roadway with its lights still active, according to the report. Wines then approached the vehicle, and the driver displayed a silver badge and told Wines he was a police officer, police said. 

According to the report, the man drove off after the interaction, but Wines, still suspicious, proceed to follow him again. 

Eventually, the vehicle stopped again and Wines asked the man what he was doing, police said. The man displayed his badge, told Wines he was a police officer and said he lived in Venetian Bay and was going home, according to the report. 

While Wines spoke to the man, he could see there were red and blue flashing lights mounted on the front windshield above the dashboard, authorities said. 

After Wines completed a statement affidavit about the incident, police learned the car was registered to Robert and Laura Stanley, according to the report. 

When police showed up to the Stanley residence, they found all the evidence Wines described in his report, police said. 

Police placed Robert Stanley under arrest for impersonating a police officer and seized his vehicle for evidence and forfeiture, according to the report. 

Robert Stanley was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail, police said.

 

 

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