Man arrested for impersonating police officer, pulling people over with flashing lights

The man stopped a vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, even though he’s a bail bondsman.
A Tennessee man reportedly impersonated an officer by stopping a vehicle and conducting a traffic stop. (Source: WSMV)
Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 11:15 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A man has been arrested for pulling over a vehicle while pretending to be a police officer, according to an affidavit.

A woman and her co-worker were stopped at a traffic light along Thompson Lane in South Nashville when they heard a siren from an unmarked car behind them, police said. The car then pulled into the 100 Oaks shopping center and drove through the parking lot trying to let the black Crown Victoria pass them. Instead of passing, the driver turned on a flashing lightbar and forced them to pull over in front of a store.

Angel Carrera, 22, exited the unmarked car wearing a black polo, black military-style pants and a handgun visible on his left hip, police said. The woman told police Carrera approached their vehicle and explained he stopped them because they had pulled out too far as they waited on Thompson Lane to turn left.

Carrera reportedly told the two “there are lines there for a reason” and to not do it again. As he began to leave, the two asked if he was a Metro police officer. Carrera responded, “Uh no, I’m a bail bondsman,” and continued to his vehicle.

One of the women was able to take pictures of his vehicle and report the incident to the police. Carrera was arrested on March 15 and was charged with criminal impersonation of a first responder. He posted his $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 14.

Metro Police said if you get pulled over by someone, you’re not sure is a real officer, you should lock your doors, not fully open your window and call 911 to confirm with dispatchers if a traffic stop was reported. Officers also said you can keep driving until you reach a well-lit area, like a gas station or store, where other people can be witnesses and help if needed.