A Florida man was tracked down by police for allegedly impersonating a police officer with his truck that had the words “Booty Patrol” printed on it.
The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office notified the public of a white Chevy Silverado accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer. Police asked the public if anyone had been sneakily stopped by the “Booty Patrol” truck.
The pickup truck mimicked a Border Patrol vehicle with the words “Booty Patrol” and “National Booty Behavior Protection” written on it in large green letters. Police accused the driver of displaying red and blue lights on the dashboard and stickers that mimicked those used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office cited a Florida law conditions: “No person shall drive, move, or cause to be moved any vehicle or equipment on any highway within this state if any lamp or device thereon exhibits or displays a red or blue light visible directly in front of it, except certain hereinafter enumerated Vehicles. “
The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook: “On Sunday, October 29, 2023, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office successfully located both the vehicle and driver involved in the recent incident in which a vehicle impersonated a law enforcement officer.”
The driver was stopped by a DeSoto County officer Sunday evening. He was fined $113 for impersonating a police officer because there were red and blue lights on the front of his truck.
The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office noted that officials wanted to “raise awareness of the ‘Booty Patrol’ truck to ensure the public cannot be deceived by such individuals.”
Police thanked the public for informing them that the vehicle was a Border Patrol truck.
WBBH-TV identified the driver as 18-year-old Gabriel Luviano of Bradenton.
Luviano said he decided to decorate his truck this way because he was “bored” and was inspired by a similar vehicle while visiting a western state. Luviano said he spent $5,000 upgrading the vehicle.
Luviano said he was not trying to impersonate a law enforcement officer.
He said of his attention-grabbing truck: “It was just about having a little fun, you know? It was never my intention to stop people or anything.”
Luviano said, “I have videos of police officers coming up to me and they just want a photo.”
The Florida teen said he never uses the red and blue emergency lights while driving. He said he only uses the light when parking on private property or at car shows.
He added: “A lot of people like it, some people hate it.”
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