A Tampa, Florida man, identified as 62-year-old Earl Mitchell Cesario, was arrested on Sunday following allegations of attempting to pull over vehicles using his pickup truck equipped with red and blue flashing lights. Cesario, who was reportedly wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey during the incident, now faces charges of false impersonation of officials in Sumter County.
The incident unfolded on Sunday morning when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper received reports of a red GMC truck attempting to pull over other vehicles using flashing red and blue lights. The trooper subsequently spotted and stopped a red pickup truck driven by Cesario on the northbound side of I-75 near Bushnell around 11 a.m.
Cesario admitted to possessing red and blue lights on his dashboard but claimed they had never been activated. A male witness also reported that he had been signaled to pull over by a red GMC Sierra, believing it to be an undercover law enforcement vehicle before it sped away.
Upon searching Cesario’s pickup truck, troopers discovered red and blue lights that could be activated when plugged into two electrical sockets within the vehicle. The trooper noted that the electrical sockets, typically used for push-in cigarette lighters, had their covers removed prior to the incident.
Following the discovery, Cesario was arrested and transported to the Sumter County Jail.