Police impersonator pulls over officer, needs real lawyer

Lauren Perry
April 18, 2017

MARCOS Pacheco-Bustamante likes to impersonate being a police officer but his observational skills need a little brushing up.

A Miami, Florida, man was arrested and charged after allegedly impersonating a police officer and pulling someone over, only to discover that the person he pulled over was an officer himself.

Police said the Miami-Dade detective was driving northbound on I-95 near Northwest 119th Street in full uniform and behind the wheel of a county-issued unmarked vehicle when Pacheco-Bustamante, who was driving a green 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, changed lanes and got behind the detective.

"The subject, Pacheco Bustamante, who was driving a Ford Crown Victoria, changed lanes and positioned his auto behind the detective's vehicle", Capote said.

Martin thought Pacheco-Bustmante was a real officer at first, so he pulled over.

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"He gets out of his vehicle while he's in full uniform", Capote said.

Capote said that Pacheco-Bustamante claimed that when he had previously impersonated a police officer he did it with good intentions.

"He did tell the detectives that he has done this in the past, so we know that people have been stopped by him, we don't know where he's stopped other people", police spokeswoman Jennifer Capote said. "Bustamante was then taken into custody".

"Definitely makes notification to the detectives that, yes, he's done this in the past, that he doesn't like it when people are texting, that he he doesn't like when people are speeding", Capote said. "Maybe he honks at them or turns on these sirens".

"I'm not going to say anything". "I didn't stop anybody".

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