DUI suspect charged with impersonating an officer

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Individuals who are stopped on suspicion of DUI will try many things to avoid actual charges. Few suspects, however, will go to the extremes of a man who was stopped by Winter Park police and charged with DUI/DWI.

A Winter Garden deputy was on routine patrol when he noticed red and blue flashing lights approaching him from behind. He pulled over, assuming that the vehicle with flashing lights was driven by another law enforcement officer. As the vehicle, a Dodge Charger, passed, the deputy noticed that it had decorative license plates, according to police reports. No police vehicle would bear such plates. According to the officer's affidavit, the deputy followed the Charger as it allegedly went 66 mph in a 30 mph zone. Other vehicles were forced to yield to the Charger.

The deputy states in his report that he finally pulled the Charger over and left his vehicle. The driver of the Charger also left his vehicle and allegedly told the deputy that he was an officer with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Agency. When back-up arrived on the scene, the plates on the Dodge Charger were checked and found not to be registered to any police vehicle. The deputy who first made the stop said that the suspect had difficulty standing and following instruction. The suspect was then handcuffed and arrested. The suspect refused to submit to a breath test. After the arrest, he was been charged with impersonating and officer and use of prohibited lights on his vehicle.

The suspect in this case faces serious charges, but he is nevertheless entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence in the case and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or outright acquittal.

Source: ClickOrlando.com, "Drunk man accused of impersonating officer during traffic stop, police say," Adrienne Cutway, Sep. 27, 2017

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