Man arrested, accused of impersonating law enforcement officer

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.

Deputies arrested an Alabama man Thursday night after they said he impersonated a law enforcement officer and tried to pull someone over on a traffic violation.

John J. Winner
John J. Winner

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office said the Combined Communications Center received two calls about a white Ford Crown Victoria driving northbound on Interstate 75 with a police siren and strobe lights. One of the callers said a man in the Crown Victoria, later identified as John Winner, 56, of Phenix City, Ala., had tried to pull him over around 9:47 p.m. as he was driving on the interstate near Mile Marker 374, the report said.

The motorist said Winner motioned with his hands for the motorist to pull over and turned on a police siren and the car's strobe lights. The motorist also had to go around Winner's car because Winner had driven in front of the motorist's' vehicle, causing the motorist to slow down to 5 mph, the report said.

After he was arrested, Winner told deputies the motorist had been driving without operating taillights and that Winner was trying to warn him. Inside Winner's vehicle, deputies said they found a police radio and a center console with controls for emergency vehicle lights, the report said.

Winner was charged with a felony count of impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to the report. He was being held as of Friday at the Alachua County jail.

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