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Man posing as officer crashes after fleeing, Hillsborough deputies say

TAMPA — Hillsborough sheriff's deputies say a 28-year-old man posed as a police officer before threatening someone he tried to pull over, running from authorities and crashing into a pole early Tuesday.

Just after midnight, deputies say, Rickey W. Riley of 12717 Saint James Place Drive in Tampa pulled up behind a car, flashed his lights and motioned for the driver to pull over.

Riley told the driver he was a police officer and asked for a license, an arrest affidavit states.

The driver suspected Riley wasn't an officer, drove off and called 911.

Riley followed close behind at high speed, trying to run the driver off the road, deputies said.

Riley pulled in behind the driver, who stopped at University Community Hospital. Riley raised his hands indicating he had a gun and told the driver and passengers to "freeze."

The victims fled to the hospital's emergency room, and Riley drove off, taking the victim's car keys and being pursued by deputies, the affidavit states.

After a chase involving running red lights and stop signs, he drove west on Fletcher, ran a red light at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and veered into Fletcher's eastbound lanes, still driving west at a high speed "with disregard to all other motorists," deputies said.

Riley ran at least two more stop signs before hitting a street sign, jumping from his car and running away, deputies said.

He was caught after a foot chase, but refused to give his name. Deputies said Riley asked to call his wife, who told deputies her husband's name.

Riley was charged with impersonating an officer, reckless driving, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude arrest at a high speed, resisting an officer without violence, petty theft and driving with a license that has been revoked.

Man posing as officer crashes after fleeing, Hillsborough deputies say 02/03/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:47pm]
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