Cop Impersonator Arrested After Trying To Pull Over Unmarked Deputy Vehicle

October 14, 2015

An alleged cop impersonator has been arrested after trying to conduct a traffic stop on an unmarked police car.

Joshua Dwayne Lynam, 24, was charged with impersonating a police officer after he performed a traffic stop on an Escambia County deputy on I-110 at Airport Boulevard. He was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Lynam was driving a gold Chevrolet 1500 king cab pickup equipped with red and white emergency flashing lights with  Florida tag 869 UBN. Deputies said he is suspected of impersonating a police officer by stopping vehicles on state roadways from Santa Rosa County to Baldwin County.

Anyone that believes they may have been a victim of Lynam during a suspicious traffic stop is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620.

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36 Responses to “Cop Impersonator Arrested After Trying To Pull Over Unmarked Deputy Vehicle”

  1. Gregory on October 19th, 2015 11:31 am

    Unfortunately his bond was only 1000 but neither the cop nor a judge made the decision. Bonds are already predetermined based on the crime. This crime is a 3rd degree Felony. To bad he didn’t have some drugs or a gun on him.

  2. Retired LEO on October 17th, 2015 12:17 am

    Too bad he didn’t pull over some real bad guys and got a gun shoved in his face.

  3. LW on October 16th, 2015 6:23 pm

    @ just curious, How would this criminal know if the LEO was committing a crime or not? He certainly didn’t have radar to try to catch him speeding. The negative opinions of people where the real law enforcement is concerned amazes me. Let something happen though and who do they call. I think “just curious” is holding his sign too.

  4. Lisa Watson on October 16th, 2015 2:04 pm

    Lots of rapists use this ploy to pull potential victims over.

  5. Michigan officer on October 16th, 2015 1:02 pm

    Thank god this moron was stopped by an off duty officer. We have the same problems here in Michigan, As do almost all other states. I am extremely disappointed in the judge the placed such a low bond I’m such a serious offense. I am more disappointed in the “just curious” comment of was the officer breaking the law. If in fact he was call the police! Normal people don’t outfit their cars with flashing lights. Normal people don’t randomly pull others over unlawfully. Thank goodness this psycho was locked up. Rest assured your local police department I am sure is keeping a watchful eye on him!

  6. haley on October 16th, 2015 9:20 am

    These ppl who impersonate LEO are really creepy. What is the point? What do they have to gain? I think they could potentially be dangerous.

  7. William on October 16th, 2015 7:29 am

    >>>>how much time passed between his arrest and release, and if has this information could they please share

    4.5 hours

  8. Bob's Brother on October 16th, 2015 7:24 am

    Congrats to the officer that nabbed this sicko. It must infuriate you that this cod was able to hand a bail bondsman a C-note and walk. Tell us the name of this so called “judge” and we’ll do our part to assure that he or she is no longer a part of our judicial system. Please.

  9. john on October 16th, 2015 6:42 am

    What’s even more scary is the judgement of our judges, this is one of those cases where he should have been detained up to his court date. God only knows what he has probably done. I wonder how much time passed between his arrest and release, and if has this information could they please share it.

  10. survivor on October 15th, 2015 10:29 pm

    LOL will be on Dumbest Criminal Show

  11. Susan on October 15th, 2015 9:41 pm

    I can’t believe he was released on a mere $1000 bond. Unbelievable!

  12. Dana evertz on October 15th, 2015 9:08 pm

    This is the very reason our streets are so unsafe now. What if he pulled over you 16 year old daughter. For a mere 100$ he’s back out on the street allowed to do it again and oh yea. Here your truck back. He will be needing that. iNSANITY

  13. Lone Chief on October 15th, 2015 2:53 pm

    Was this fellow actually search and rescue and an EMT (stickers on windows)? Just going above and beyond to keep our streets safe! This is too unmarked car. Yup, JW, as you said…here’s your sign.

  14. Curious on October 15th, 2015 2:02 pm

    I’m with Gene….why does the truck search and rescue???

  15. Retired on October 15th, 2015 1:24 pm

    Probably shines his spot light in parked cars to catch lovers with their pants down, confiscated their beer and marijuana to smoke or trade for sex. Knew of a real cop that used to do that also…go on high speed chases down back roads. He is dead now, murdered. This guy reminds me of him

  16. Kathy on October 15th, 2015 1:21 pm

    The Sheriff Dept should have impounded his truck for evidence.

  17. cw on October 15th, 2015 1:11 pm

    The “judge” that set his bond must be a idiot. This man endangered the public, the cops and a judge let him walk for a 1000.00 dollar bond. We need to know who the judge is so we can vote the idiot out.

  18. melodies4us on October 15th, 2015 12:14 pm

    Why would they let someone like this loose? HE IS REALLY UP TO NO GOOD. I don’t suppose he was going to give a fake ticket. He would probably murder and take the money. They should definitely thoroughly comb over this 1 to see if he is linked to any missing people.

  19. jeeperman on October 15th, 2015 11:50 am

    We made quite an effort and spent some $$ to outfit his truck to appear legit.
    Lights, rims, reflective tape, window decals, etc.

  20. Bill on October 15th, 2015 8:37 am

    He might not be the sharpest tool in the shed.

  21. Cathy Cambern Brown on October 15th, 2015 6:57 am

    He should’ve been kept in jail! I can think of several reasons he wanted to do this: he’s a want-to-be-cop that could not become one, doing it to try to catch vulnerable young women to rape, this is a power trip, to rob people, etc.

  22. JJ on October 15th, 2015 6:04 am

    Really, just curious? A dangerous felon on our streets, posing as a police officer and making “traffic stops” and all you see is that the real officer was breaking the law? Do you really think the imposter knows Florida traffic laws? He’s a nut. His behavior would have escalated to something much more sinister, the longer he was able to get away with his crime. Could have been one of your family members.

    And you want to know if the real officer was breaking a traffic law! Wow!

  23. Gene on October 14th, 2015 10:58 pm

    Am I the only one who noticed the Search & Rescue plastered on the back window?

  24. chris on October 14th, 2015 9:35 pm

    Obviously there is power in control. Perhaps he enjoyed having others do as he wanted, under the guise of being an officer of the law. May not have been eligible for LEO in the real world.

  25. Facetious Bob on October 14th, 2015 8:05 pm

    His saving grace was he was caught before he was involved in a situation where he had no LEO backup.

  26. deBugger on October 14th, 2015 6:42 pm

    I defer to Steve’s comment.

    Better not tell Andy & Barney. Nothing to see here.

    …or as Sgt. Carter would remark: “Move it, move it, MOVE IT!!”

  27. Amanda on October 14th, 2015 6:27 pm

    My question is…. What exactly was he getting out of pulling people over???? Money? Was he robbing people? Pleasure? Power? WHAT????? I just don’t see any point to this…….

  28. mick on October 14th, 2015 6:19 pm

    There is a deep rooted deviousness in this one. Put him in prison. He will not stop this kind of behavior or worse…mark my words…

  29. Jimmy on October 14th, 2015 6:10 pm

    Well, it’s nice to know they got this dangerous nut off the street…wait a minute…released on bond….*facepalm*

  30. T on October 14th, 2015 4:41 pm

    What an idiot!!! LMBO

  31. Bob C. on October 14th, 2015 4:41 pm

    @ Don……Yeah, only $1000 bond = $100 and a walk….What IS up with that?

    Hope the cops kept his truck as evidence.

  32. Henry Coe on October 14th, 2015 4:27 pm

    The 1000 dollar bond is nuts. Like bad joke.

    Speaking of bad jokes, in acting as a fake LEO, what was his reason for pulling the deputy over?

  33. Steve on October 14th, 2015 3:33 pm

    As Gomer Pyle use to say, ” Surprise surprise surprise”. This is too funny

  34. just curious on October 14th, 2015 3:16 pm

    I get that he was impersonating an officer but I’m curious was the unmarked deputy vehicle breaking the law??

  35. JW on October 14th, 2015 3:06 pm

    Here’s Your Sign!

  36. Don on October 14th, 2015 3:04 pm

    $1,000 are you serious!!

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