Fla. Ford dealership employee faces felony charge of impersonating police

An employee of a Ford dealership in Jacksonville, Fla., is going through a felony charge after he was arrested final week for impersonating an officer after utilizing a service car to drag over a automobile, police stated.

The Chevrolet Camaro in for service belonged to the Green Cove Springs Police Department, which had left it at Duval Ford so police lights may very well be put in. On Dec. 30, Duval Ford employee Fernando Torres was presupposed to be transporting the automobile, in accordance with a police report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The report stated an officer with the Sheriff’s Office witnessed a person driving the yellow Camaro activate the car’s police lights and pull over a automobile. The officer stopped close by to assist with the visitors cease.

When the person within the Camaro noticed the officer, he drove off, in accordance with the report. The officer stated within the report that the incident was puzzling.

“I believed it to be suspicious for another officer not to wait and notify me that my efforts were appreciated,” the officer wrote.

The officer then ran a search of the Camaro’s license plate and discovered the automobile was owned by Green Cove Springs police, resulting in the eventual discovery that it had been utilized by a Duval Ford employee, the report stated.

Torres was arrested Jan. 4 and charged with illegal use of blue lights and false impersonation of officers, a felony. He was out on bail with no trial date set but.

Torres was fired by Duval Ford, the report stated.

Duval Ford President Alex Graham stated in an e mail to Automotive News that the dealership “fully cooperated with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.”

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