• Man accused of impersonating cop in Jacksonville

    By: Action News Jax


    A man is accused of impersonating an officer after appearing to pull over a driver over on the interstate in Westside Jacksonville, police said.

    Police said they received a call about a suspicious vehicle at I-295 South at the Normandy Boulevard exit on Oct. 21. 

    The driver who called about the vehicle said he was driving southbound on I-295 before the Normandy Boulevard exit when he drove up behind a white Toyota SUV in the center lane.

    The driver told police the SUV had hit the brakes and turned on red and blue LED lights mounted in the rear window.

    The driver believed that the SUV was law enforcement and slowed down his car, police said. The SUV reportedly moved to the right lane and slowed down parallel with the driver's vehicle. Police reported the SUV then sped up and continued down the interstate.

    The driver was able to get the SUV's Florida license plate, which led officers to a home on Davie Court.

    An officer waited at the home until the SUV driver arrived, who was identified as 31-year-old Mark Shaffer. The officer saw the vehicle's blue and red LED lights that were mounted ot the front windshield and rear window of the vehicle.

    After Shaffer took down the light upon request of the officer, he was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer. 

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