BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Philippe Elie of Boynton Beach has been arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Investigators say that on Wednesday morning around 8 a-m a BSO deputy traveling south on I-95 near Sample Road spotted a black Suburban parked in the high speed break-down lane.
The vehicle, according to BSO, had a yellow " Sheriff" placard displayed in the front windshield on the passenger side visor.
When the investigating deputy pulled over to check on the Suburban it took off and went southbound in the HOV lane, officials say.
The deputy says that the car's license plate read "954-COP."
A check on the tag by the deputy indicated that it was not a police vehicle.
The deputy says that when the Suburban eventually stopped the driver, Philippe Elie, had a Citizens Observer Patrol ID. They are issued to civilian volunteers not sworn officers.
Elie, according to BSO, had business cards with a sheriff's emblem/star on them and other items include strobe lights on his car that would be associated with law enforcement.
BSO says that Elie had been removed from the C.O.P. program but did not turn in his ID because he said it was lost.
Elie is now facing charges of making a false report to law enforcement, unlawful use of a law enforcement badge, and the use of blue lights as well impersonating a law enforcement officer.