Man arrested for impersonating public servant after delivery driver mistakes flashing light for police vehicle
LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. - Deputies arrested a man for allegedly impersonating a public servant after a delivery driver mistook the man's flashing vehicle lights for police lights.
At 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, a deputy was driving in the 2800 east block of State Road 2 when he saw a delivery vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes.
Parked directly behind the delivery vehicle was a burgundy GMC Yukon.
Near the vehicles stood a man and a woman speaking with each other.
As the deputy passed the vehicles, he noticed a large, flashing white light stretched across the hood of the Yukon.
Finding this suspicious, the deputy turned around to address the situation.
According to the investigation, the flashing light was turned on to get the delivery driver's attention because she was driving poorly.
Earlier, the delivery driver had passed the Yukon and when she saw the flashing white light, she thought it was law enforcement and proceeded to pull over.
Deputies learned the driver of the Yukon, identified as 27-year-old Jacob Carder of La Porte, did not have a license.
His passenger, identified as 28-year-old Brittany Stewart, had an active warrant.
Stewart was taken into custody.
Carder's vehicle was impounded.
After probable cause was found, an arrest warrant was issued for Carder on a felony charge of impersonation of a public servant.
Carder turned himself into the La Porte County Jail on Friday but was soon released after posting a $755 cash bond.