From the report of Officer Lee Sahs, lightly edited for clarity and brevity:
On February 23, 2018, at approximately 10:09 a.m., I responded to Vedder Lane in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival contact was made with complainant Sila Battaggia Lopez who provided the following in a sworn written statement:
Battaggia Lopez stated that at approximately 9:00 a.m., his golden retriever had gotten out of his garage and ran off toward DeHaven Street and Randal Park Blvd. Battaggia Lopez stated that he got into his vehicle and drove off to bring the dog home when a gray GMC pickup truck did a U-turn and pulled up next to him. The driver of the vehicle – an unknown white male possibly in his thirties – then identified himself as a police officer and showed him a police badge in an aggressive manner, stating that his dog is always running free and threatening to kill his dog. The truck then sped off and parked behind a nearby residence.
Battaggia Lopez followed the truck and was able to take a picture of its license plate. He then called the police, because he wasn’t sure if the male was a real police officer.
A check of the vehicle tag that Battaggia Lopez provided came back to a Daniel Gomez, just a few residences down the street. Contact was made with Gomez, as seen in this video.
The Office of the State Attorney ultimately charged Daniel Gomez with one count misdemeanor unlawful use of police badge or indicia of authority, Florida Statutes 843.085. Lopez pleaded no contest to the charge, and adjudication was withheld, with fines and fees due in the amount of $436.82.
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