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He was caught when he attempted to pull over an undercover HCSO detective.
Matthew Joseph Erris
Vehicle and Airsoft pistol found inside:
A Dade City man was arrested late Tuesday
night by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for impersonating a law enforcement officer. He was caught when he attempted to pull over an undercover HCSO detective.
Around 8 p.m. on April 17
, Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, activated red and blue lights located on the grill of his 2007 white Chevrolet Trailblazer in an attempt to pull over another driver. He was unaware that the driver of the other vehicle was an undercover detective with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The detective contacted 911 dispatchers to report the unusual attempted traffic stop, alerting patrol deputies, as he maintained constant visual on the vehicle. A short time later, the Trailblazer was pulled over by a real HCSO deputy. The vehicle was searched, and deputies located a realistic looking airsoft pistol in a holster beneath the front passenger seat. Erris also had a law enforcement light bar installed on top of his SUV.
He was arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer. It is unclear at this time if Erris has committed similar offenses in the past. Anyone who recognizes Erris or his vehicle who believes they may have been victimized should contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office county at 813-247-8200.