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Arrested for impersonating officer ... after stopping real officer

Man Booked For Impersonating Officer After He Stops Real One

Investigators in Florida are describing what we have to imagine is one of those all-time facepalm. They say a 20-year-old man impersonated a police officer by trying to pull over an actual police officer.

This man, Matthew McMahon, was booked and released by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Tuesday in St. Augustine by the very men and women they say he tried to pretend to be.

The detective who eventually arrested McMahon told WTLV in Jacksonville he was driving an unmarked car, and he was "shocked" when the Ford Crown Vic behind him flashed a red and blue light bar.

WTLV reporter: "An outdated and out-of-service cop car pulled up next to him."
Det. Chance Anderson, St. Johns County Sheriff's Officer: "So I pulled over to confront the individual, at which point he pulled up next to me, kind of gave me the slow down look and pointed his finger at me."

Bad move, young man. Detective Chance Anderson says he quickly pulled over McMahon.

The booking site for the sheriff's office shows McMahon was arrested on suspicion of impersonating an officer and obstructing police.

The news inspired plenty of embarrassing fake-cop-pulls-over-real-cop headlines.

The detective confirms McMahon has never been a certified law enforcement officer. The ironic thing -- as if this story didn't already have enough?! -- is that Anderson told WTLV part of his job is catching people who impersonate police.

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fantasiatu June 05 2014 at 12:31 PM

This impersonator deserves 100 years in jail; 50 for impersonating a police officer and 50 for being a moron.

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rickabaugh67 June 05 2014 at 11:59 AM

Stupid IS as stupid DOES!!

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blueridgearcher June 05 2014 at 1:33 PM

Cant fix stupid. Best you can do is lock em up. When he gets inside see if he is stupid enough to impersonate a LEO.

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robcabob1 blueridgearcher June 05 2014 at 2:03 PM

LEO? Maybe you're an idiot?
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duey35 June 05 2014 at 1:57 PM

Ya can't fix S##@id

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celinekil June 05 2014 at 12:21 PM


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Ron Davis June 05 2014 at 1:52 PM

Hmm.. People in Florida wanting to be policemen/women and thinking they have the right to act out their "fantasies.." Zimmermanitis!

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teeveequeen Ron Davis June 05 2014 at 2:20 PM

I'll betcha the "impersonator" looked like Trayvon ...........................

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Franco Ron Davis June 05 2014 at 10:51 PM

It's "Zimmermans wanna beeeees." :O)

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americanthndr46 June 05 2014 at 2:12 PM


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Franco americanthndr46 June 05 2014 at 10:52 PM

Do you always express such emotion? QQ

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gtrwarriordon June 05 2014 at 12:20 PM

Hopefully he was introduced to the police procedure called "stick time."

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david85719 June 05 2014 at 1:57 PM

Florida. Nothing more to say.

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Robert June 05 2014 at 3:39 PM

Why did he stop this guy? Why not a pretty girl? It doesn't make any sense. Every time I impersonate a police officer it's to trade a speeding ticket for a ********.

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