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Tampa man accused of impersonating a police officer

TAMPA — He pursued the other car for several blocks, blocked the road with his truck, held up a badge and yelled "I'm an officer."

The only problem? He isn't, according to police.

Sandy Johnson, 23, of Temple Terrace, was arrested Sunday afternoon on charges of impersonating a police officer and unlawful use of a police badge.

According to Tampa police, Johnson pulled up alongside LeTanya F. Stone, 30, at a red light at N 50th Street and E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and began to honk his horn. When she rolled down her window, the man asked her if she had any cocaine or knew where he could find some.

Stone told Johnson she didn't appreciate him asking her that question in front of her children. As she drove off, she noticed Johnson's 2007 white Chevy Silverado trailing her, police said.

When she stopped at a stop sign, the pickup swerved around Stone's car, blocking her passage. Johnson held up what appeared to be a silver police badge and yelled, "I'm an officer," police said.

Johnson followed her for several more blocks before driving off, according to an arrest affidavit.

Stone told investigators she was scared and immediately drove home to call police.

She provided Tampa police with a suspect and vehicle description, and within a half-hour, officers had identified Johnson as their suspect.

When police searched his vehicle, they found a metal badge inscribed with black lettering: "Security-Police."

Johnson remained in Hillsborough County jail Monday in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Marissa Lang can be reached at or (813) 226-3386.

Tampa man accused of impersonating a police officer 07/16/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 16, 2012 11:41pm]
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