Man impersonating cop gets in fight with actual deputy, records show

in Orange County News & Events


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A registered sex offender who was impersonating an officer while directing traffic for a funeral procession reached for his gun during a fight with an actual deputy, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy involved said he was driving his truck near Minnesota Avenue and Highway 17/92 on Sept. 16 when he noticed a man with a motorcycle who appeared to be a law enforcement officer directing traffic, records show. A Chevrolet Tahoe then pulled up and that driver, Jeremy Dewitte, got out and then directing traffic, according to the report.

The deputy, who was off duty with his wife and son, saw this same pattern happen at several intersections along Highway 17/92 until Dewitte directed the deputy to move into the right lane, which he was blocking, the affidavit said.

Dewitte, 39, was yelling at the deputy, telling him, “You cannot drive in and out of my funeral” and, “It doesn’t matter, get out of my escort, (expletive) boy,” records show.