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Fake cop busted during Clay County traffic stop

1:14 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man is behind bars after allegedly being caught red handed impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Terence Leon Pitts, 28, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on Blanding Blvd in Clay County, according to a police report form the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Pitts was driving a white Chevy Impala at the time of the stop, the report states.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, he claims Pitts was wearing a black "DEA" tee shirt, with khaki utility pants and what appeared to be a "drop leg" holster for a weapon, according to the report.

The deputy requested Pitts step out of the vehicle and show his identification.

When Pitts stepped out of the Impala, the deputy claims Pitts was wearing handcuffs in the back of a "duty style" belt, according to the report.

Pitts allegedly patted his pockets and said, " Oh man, I left my ID, my badge and my gun in my locker at the station." The deputy claims he asked Pitts who he worked for and Pitts allegedly responded that he is a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The deputy then asked if he could speak with Pitts' supervisor and asked for his personal information; first, last name and date of birth. Pitts allegedly responded, "Special Agent Terence Dunbar, April 30, 1984."

The deputy ran the information provided by Pitts and called the DEA to verify Pitts' alledged identity as a field agent, the report detailed, and there was nothing corresponding to an individual matching the information Pitts is accused of providing.

Pitts was placed into handcuffs and detained while the deputy searched Pitts' vehicle. According to the report, the deputy found Pitts' wallet with a Florida identification card, but no driver's license.

While conducting an investigation of Pitts' car, a woman called Pitts' cell phone, the report said. Pitts claimed he was on his way to meet the woman who had a flat tire. CCSO deputies responded to the woman and learned she had met Pitts about two months ago online and was under the impression Pitts worked for the DEA. The woman also claimed Pitts was wearing his DEA shirt and cuffs when they met.

During a further investigation of the Impala , the deputy allegedly found a stun gun in the center console.

Pitts' criminal history includes charges of failure to pay traffic fines, failure to appear in court, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon, larceny and grand theft.

Pitts is currently being held in the Clay County Jail without bond.

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