Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Public safety

Hudson man, 53, accused of impersonating police officer

HUDSON — A 53-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer after the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said he pulled over a motorist and claimed to be an off-duty officer.

The incident started at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office said, when a caller reported they had been pulled over by a black 2015 Chevrolet Yukon using flashing blue lights.

The Yukon's driver got out and approached the other vehicle and presented a gold badge, the caller told deputies. The Yukon's driver identified himself as an off-duty officer and said he stopped the other vehicle because he saw the caller driving on his property, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Later, deputies contacted the Yukon's driver, Scott Ziegler. He told them he pulled over the other vehicle because he was angry they were driving on his property, deputies said. The blue flashing lights were attached to his passenger-side visor.

Deputies said Ziegler had a photo of a retired Summit County Sheriff's Office deputy's ID. Ziegler, of 12901 Pinola Dr. in Hudson, was booked into the Land O'Lakes Detention Facility, where he was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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