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Police: Fake cop pulled over real cop

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A Manatee County man has been charged with impersonating a police officer.

Police say 24-year-old Jonathan Stevens was arrested in Tampa over the weekend after flagging down a police officer. He had flashing red and blue lights on his SUV, and had a gun and a badge around his neck.

"The officer was suspicious. It just didn't seem right to her," said TPD spokesperson Andrea Davis.

Stevens' car was not from a government agency, and he was not a government employee. Police say he admitted to making the whole thing up, and it's not the first time.

In September, the Manatee Sheriff's Office says he pulled over a driver in the parking lot of the Ellenton Outlets. He also faces charges related to that incident.

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