Man Impersonates Cop To Avoid Toll, Caught By Attendant With Article About Him
Palm Coast, FL – A 60-year-old man who has a penchant for impersonating police officers was back at it again March 12 when he flashed a fake badge to get out of a $2 toll to cross a bridge.
But one savvy bridge attendant was on to the scam.
Leroy Stotelmyer took out his badge and showed it to an attendant while crossing the Hammock Dunes Toll Bridge because police officers don't have to pay the toll, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
However, the bridge attendant took out a newspaper article that had reported on a March 9 arrest of Stotelmyer for impersonating a police officer.
When presented with the newspaper article, Stotelmyer put away his badge and paid the $2 toll, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
The toll bridge manager tipped police to Stotelmyer’s crimes and provided video of him flashing his badge twice to get out of the paying the toll, according to the sheriff’s department.
On March 13, sheriff’s deputies got a warrant and went and arrested Stotelmyer at his home.
“This guy clearly has not learned his lesson and has no respect for the law,” Sheriff Rick Staly said, according to a Facebook post released by the sheriff’s office. “Two days after his release and he is already up to his old tricks. We know already that he thinks he can get out of shoplifting and paying tolls with his fake badge, I am happy we were able to get him back off the streets before something more serious occurs. He thinks he wants to be a cop, now he gets to see what it’s like to be an inmate.”
Stotelmyer was taken to the jail and charged with Felony Violation of Pre-Trial Release and Impersonating An Officer. He is being held on no bond.