An Ohio man is facing several charges on allegations that he posed as a police officer in St. Petersburg last week and was subsequently found passed out and intoxicated behind the wheel of his vehicle.
According to St. Petersburg police, the man was driving his Dodge Ram in the Venetian Isles area last Monday evening when he flashed blue and red flashing lights at a driver in front of him. Upon coming to a stop, officers say he ordered the driver via loudspeaker to exit his vehicle and approach his.
The motorist complied, asking the defendant if he required aid. The defendant allegedly responded by claiming to be a police officer and threatened to arrest him on the spot. Skeptical of his claims, the other motorist alerted authorities.
Upon investigating the matter, officers tracked the man’s vehicle to a spot several blocks away. They said he was passed out behind the wheel when they approached the vehicle. Upon coming to, officers say the defendant said he was a retired police officer from Ohio. They say they noted the classic signs of intoxication, including the smell of alcoholic drink on his breath, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He declined to take a breath test for alcohol and was arrested at the scene.
The Florida native was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of impersonating a police officer, driving under the influence, and refusing to submit to a blood-alcohol test. He posted a bond of $5,650 later that morning and was released. According to officers, he recanted his claim of being a retired police officer upon being questioned on it after his arrest.
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