Police – NBC 6 South Florida
A Miami man who had a car equipped with police lights and a siren faces identity theft charges after police say he tried to stop the drivers.
Jesus Montesino, 57, was arrested on Tuesday for impersonating an officer, illegally using a police badge or badge and banning the use of certain blue lights, according to an arrest report.
According to the report, an investigation began when police received reports that a car was attempting to stop drivers in the area of Southwest 120th Street and Southwest 122nd Avenue.
Someone had obtained the car’s license plate, and when officers attended the owner’s address, they found a red Mercedes-Benz that had police lights visible in the rear window panels and before, according to the report.
Montesino opened the door to the house and told officers he was a retired Miami police officer with 19 years of service, according to the report.
The report states that Montesino was unable to provide credentials to prove his service, but was handed a badge and a Miami Police supporter badge wallet, according to the report.
Montesino admitted to police officers that he had police lights in his car and that he was using them to walk through the roadworks at the entrance to his compound, according to the report.
When officers spoke with Montesino’s wife, she told them her husband had never been a police officer but was at one point a bail bond, according to the report.
Officers searched the car and found blue and red police light bars, a police siren, a police intercom that was not installed and a police flashlight, according to the report.
Montesino was held in Miami-Dade jail, where he was being held on Wednesday on $ 6,500 bail, records show. Information on the lawyer was not available.