A man impersonating a police officer was shocked when he realized a vehicle he tried to stop was the County Commissioner and former cop, reported NBC 6 Miami news.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez knew something wasn’t right when an SUV with flashing lights attempted to pull him over on the Florida Turnpike on Wednesday. Martinez noticed that the vehicle wasn’t equipped with standard lights and that it was sporting a temporary tag.
Martinez refused to comply and was able to get the attention of an officer on the side of the road, who radioed into dispatch.
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The man, Franklin Dixon-Lozano, 27, was arrested and taken into custody. He faces charges of falsely impersonating an officer and also possessing a firearm while committing an offense, said police.
“I thank God it was me that they tried to stop for the simple reason that I know more or less what could be going on,” Martinez said. “Could you imagine a young person or elderly person who just got their license, they probably would have stopped and then what could have happened?”
Joe Martinez is the County Commissioner in District 11 of Miami-Dade and served as a former police officer in the area.
Dixon-Lozano’s bond has been set at $15,000.