TAMPA — A man was jailed Sunday after he used flashing emergency lights to stop a Tampa police officer and claim he was a Homeland Security official, according to an arrest report.
Jonathan Charles Stevens, 24, faces charges of impersonating a police officer, carrying a concealed firearm and unlawful use of a blue light.
The Palmetto man faced similar charges about three months ago after authorities say they saw him pull over a motorist at an Ellenton shopping complex.
On Sunday night in Ybor City, he was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe when he saw an officer in the area of 19th Street N and E Seventh Avenue, Tampa police said.
Before stopping, Stevens phoned a police dispatch line to report a reckless driver in the area, police said.
He then turned on the emergency lights, which were affixed to the Tahoe, and stopped the officer, police said.
Stevens, who wore a badge around his neck and was carrying a Glock .45-caliber handgun, told the officer he was with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to the arrest report.
The officer later checked the Tahoe's tag number and found it was not registered to a government agency.
After being questioned, Stevens admitted he was not a police officer, officials said.
Stevens was booked in the Orient Road Jail early Monday and later released on $17,500 bail.
State records show Stevens had been arrested in September by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer and unlawful use of blue lights.
At the time, the Bradenton Herald reported, undercover detectives working at Ellenton Premium Outlets saw him — while driving a Tahoe with flashing blue lights — pull over a female motorist in the parking lot.
Investigators said he told her he was an off-duty officer.
He posted $2,000 bail and was released.
The case is pending.
News researcher John Martin contributed to this report.