June 18, 2013
Boca Raton police arrested a man who was posing as a police officer and who had pulled over a couple of drivers, authorities said.
The fake officer was asking the drivers if they had any alcohol or drugs in the car, police spokesman Mark Economou said. When they said no, he told them to leave, but the drivers knew something wasn't right and called Boca Raton police, reports the Sun Sentinel in South Florida.
"The phony cop was driving a white Ford Crown Victoria with dark tinted windows, similar to what police officers drive nationwide," Economou said.
The big tip-off: His flashing emergency lights were green, not red and blue.
The man claiming to be an officer, Andrew Novotak, 60, of Delray Beach, was wearing a police-type badge around his neck and carrying a loaded Glock 9 mm handgun in a holster on his waist, police said.
When officers arrived, Novotak still had his green lights flashing. He told officers he had a police-trained dog in his car and was a private investigator. Officers saw a large black German shepherd in the back seat of Novotak's car.
While being questioned, Novotak first said he was cut off, then said someone struck his car, Economou said. The whole time officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the suspect.
Novotak was arrested and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and driving under the influence.