Man Impersonates Cop: Pulls Over Real Cop

SSRI Ed note: Man with siren and police lights tries to pull over police detective, is put in jail for 3 days without his antidepressant.

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POSTED: 7:58 pm EST January 6, 2005

Man Says He Was Kept In Jail Without Access To Medication

CLEVELAND — A Parma man is accused of impersonating a police officer and trying to pull over a real cop.

But 50-year-old Michael Gustafson told NewsChannel5 that all he was trying to do was stop an erratic driver in Cleveland last week, reported NewsChannel5.

Gustafson says the car he was driving in with his wife was equipped with a siren, and he turned the siren on.

The driver of the car he tried to pull over turned out to be Cleveland police detective.

Prosecutors say Gustafson also used a blinking blue police light on the dashboard of the car he was driving, and beamed a high beam flashlight at the woman motorist, but Gustafson denies this.

He says he was put in jail for three days, without access to his medication for depression.

He posted bail and is now at home, but Gustafson still faces five counts, including carrying a concealed weapon and impersonating a police officer.