'Officer' in chase nailed by real one
By KEVIN DEUTSCH
Saturday, March 22, 2008
BOYNTON BEACH — A Palm Beach Gardens fire-rescue lieutenant impersonating a police officer took his act to a whole other level Thursday night, driving 100 miles per hour to pull over a speeding vehicle on Interstate 95 and activating an elaborate siren system in his Toyota pickup before a real cop busted him, police said.
The faux cop, Terry Scott Petruzzi, 39, gave chase to a speeding Nissan pickup before the Boynton Beach police officer pulled both trucks over near Gateway Boulevard shortly before 7 p.m., police said.
A look inside Petruzzi's truck revealed sirens, a police radio scanner and a dashboard-mounted video recording system. He carried a fully loaded 9mm handgun with one bullet in the chamber.
He also carried ammunition, handcuffs and a badge that read "Private Investigator," police said.
Petruzzi had a private investigator's license and a concealed weapon's permit.
When the officer asked him why he didn't dial 911 to report the speeding driver, Petruzzi said "I thought I could get him to slow down on my own," an arrest report states.
The Nissan's driver, Matthew Paul Loguidice, 24, admitted to speeding and was given a ticket by the real officer.
Petruzzi declined to comment when reached by phone Friday.
Palm Beach Gardens fire-rescue Deputy Chief C.R. Brown said Petruzzi has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
His personnel information was not available Friday, which was a city holiday. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of impersonating an officer and was later released.