On his way home from his Pizza Hut job each day, Christopher Sharp, 37, would change into cop clothes and a badge that he'd taken from his sister's boyfriend, according to a news release from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, and first reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. As part of his charade, he would even recount stories of policing, and give out legal advice to patrons of the bar where his girlfriend worked.
Sharp says that he never went so far as to actually exercise police authority -- by pulling someone over, for example. And he denies ever carrying a gun.
Sharp was arrested and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, with his bond set at $2,000. He allegedly told the officers that he was trying to impress his girlfriend, and had been rejected when he'd applied to be a lawman in Hillsborough County.
The bad decision-making has apparently continued. Sharp's now ex-girlfriend alleges that he's been following her and may even have broken into her house to retrieve a bottle of perfume that had been a gift.
It's not only impersonating a police officer that will get you in trouble. Last year, a Florida teenager was sentenced to one year of house arrest and eight years of probation for impersonating a physician assistant in a hospital emergency room. And in 2011, a former member of the National Guard pleaded guilty to impersonating a soldier (and to illegal possession of firearms), and died in federal prison last year. His intentions seemed a little more nefarious, however, than just impressing a girl.
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