Sarasota Man Charged with Impersonating a Police Officer, Pulling Over Car
Deputies arrested 52-year-old Edward Correll for impersonating law enforcement after he attempted to conduct a traffic stop with his personal vehicle while also driving on a suspended license.
Deputies were first alerted on Sunday just after 4 p.m. when they received a 911 call about a black SUV with red and white strobe lights and an audible siren attempting to stop a vehicle on McIntosh Road near Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.
The caller told deputies he became suspicious when the SUV behind him sped off after both initially pulled over. While on the phone with 911, the caller followed the SUV until deputies arrived and made contact with the driver who turned out to be Correll. He later admitted to making a traffic stop to scare the occupants of the other car. In addition to one count of False Personation of a Police Officer, Correll also faces one count of Driving While License Suspended.
Citizens are encouraged to always stay aware of their surroundings and if approached by someone who seems suspicious and claims to be an officer or deputy, they should dial 911 immediately. By dialing 911 in Sarasota County, a call taker will be able to provide verification for the caller.
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