A Hialeah man who works as a security guard was allegedly arrested after he pulled over a city of Miami police officer because she was talking on her cellphone, authorities said.
According to an official arrest report, Officer Kenia Fallat was driving west on Southwest Seventh Street, approaching 13th Avenue when Milton Morales-Perez, 46-year-old, pulled up next to her in a 2010 white Ford Mustang.
Officer Fallat was in her unmarked police-issued Taurus but was in full police uniform.
Authorities said Morales-Perez flashed a silver badge at Officer Fallat and reportedly told her to roll down her window and hang up the phone.
Fallat said she heard the suspect tell her in Spanish, “Police. Stop the car.” The officer immediately used her police radio to call for backup when she noticed something wasn’t right.
Two officers arrived at the scene and arrested Morales-Perez on a charge of impersonating a police officer.
When asked why he was carrying a badge, Morales-Perez said that he was a security guard.
Police also asked him why he tried to pull over Fallat, to which they said he replied, “She was on the phone and it is very dangerous to be on the phone while driving.”
Morales-Perez said that he believes the incident was a misunderstanding.
He said he never claimed to be a police officer.
Morales-Perez said he did tell her that it’s dangerous to talk on the cellphone, but said Fallat pulled up in front of his car and yelled, “What did you say to me?”
Perez, who has a clean criminal record, now has a criminal charge pending against him that he believes is unfair.
“It’s not possible to explain in English,” he said.
Source: Miami Herald