Pasco deputies arrest man accused of impersonating law enforcement officer

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Deputies arrested a man after he conducted his own traffic stop on a vehicle on Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office said Scott Ziegler drove a black SUV with blue lights and pulled over the victims.

“He was upset with people driving on his private property, so he wanted to basically tell them to stop doing that,” Pasco County Corporal Arthur Madden told News Channel 8.

The victims said Ziegler identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy and displayed a five-star badge.

Ziegler allegedly gave them a verbal warning and released them.

He and his vehicle were located at his home and he admitted to the incident.

The vehicle, blue lights and badge were taken as evidence.

He is facing charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Madden’s advice to people who feel like the traffic stop is sketchy? Call 911 immediately and tell them what’s going on and where you are.

“You should tell them, ‘I don’t feel safe. Is it law enforcement?’ If it is, they’re going to let you know. If it’s not, they’re going to be dispatching deputies to you,” he said.

Whatever you do, he warns, do not increase your speed.

“At this point, if it is a real police officer, that indicates to us that you are running from us and a chase is on,” said Madden.

He advises to simply drive the speed limit and put your blinker on, indicating you understand that a traffic stop is underway.  He also advises driving to a well-lit area.

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