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Facing a parking ticket, a man's comment to Hillsborough deputy lands him in jail

BRANDON — Trotting out his old job as a cop to get out of a parking ticket got a 31-year-old man a ride to the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office reports.

Rodney Calhoun, who is a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, told a deputy writing him a ticket for parking in a handicapped space near the Cheesecake Factory at the Westfield Brandon Mall that he was a Temple Terrace police officer, according to a Hillsborough County sheriff's arrest affidavit.

When the deputy called the police agency, a lieutenant there told him that Calhoun hadn't worked there since Dec. 17, 2008, according to the report.

And if he wasn't in enough trouble, the deputy wrote that Calhoun identified himself with his military ID card, so he called military officials to notify them of the arrest.

The illegal parking suspect was arrested on a felony charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer, jailed, and released Friday evening on $2,000 bail.

Facing a parking ticket, a man's comment to Hillsborough deputy lands him in jail 12/18/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:00am]
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