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Published On: Sun, Oct 7th, 2012

Joseph Pineda, Florida man arrested after impersonating police officer for free McDonalds

A Pinellas Park man was arrested for impersonating a police officer after he flashed a gun and badge at the drive thru at McDonald’s in an attempt to get free food.

Joseph Pineda

Identified as 33-year-old Joseph E. Pineda, he placed his order at the drive thru speaker. When the employee how much his order would cost, Pineda said he was a law enforcement officer, did not have his wallet with him and wanted his food free of charge.

Deputies say, when Pineda pulled around to the window, he told the manager the same story.

Pineda repeated he was a police officer and added he had just come from a sting and did not have his wallet. Pineda then flashed his badge and showed a gun to Crouse.

Employees called 911.

Deputies responded to the scene and made contact with Pineda, who was still inside his vehicle and had pulled forward at the drive thru lane. Deputies issued verbal commands for the suspect to show his hands and he did not comply.

Deputies then challenged the subject at gunpoint, at which time he put his hands out of the window.

Pineda was ordered out of the vehicle and was taken into custody. Deputies were able secure the vehicle and located two badges and the gun, (a 45 caliber) in the center console.

Pineda also had a holster on his person.

Deputies arrested Pineda for felony impersonating a police officer and a misdemeanor charge of improper exhibition of a firearm.

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  1. me says:

    lol thats awesome! I love his attitude!

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