DELAND, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - Authorities in Volusia County say a man was caught impersonating a law enforcement officer, after he was pulled over by a Volusia deputy in an unmarked vehicle.
It looks like a undercover vehicle with flashing lights -- it was even decked out with a laptop, public address system and a police thin blue line sticker.
"I thought he was a cop when I first moved here."
Eric Panacek is talking about his neighbor Thomas Farmer.
Deputies say 64-year-old Farmer used the vehicle to pull people over, several times in Volusia County throughout the years.
He got away with it, until investigators say he pulled over a deputy in an unmarked truck.Investigators say Farmer activated his lights and used his public address system to give him a verbal warning.
But the deputy knew something was wrong and instead pulled Farmer over and arrested him for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
According to deputies Farmer received warnings for similar behavior in 2009 and 2012,but now he's charged with False Personation of a law enforcement officer.
Eric says Farmer would often turn on the lights when driving in their neighborhood.
"I've heard he's pulled people over before
So I kinda avoided him because that's weird, that's bad."
According to the arrest report, Farmer told the deputy to drive carefully and have a nice day over his loud speaker. After being pulled over, he apologized to the deputy and said he respected law enforcement.