Today’s winner is Terry Scott Petruzzi. He gets the award for the following.
A Palm Beach Gardens firefighter who used flashing lights in his personal pickup truck to slow a speeding motorist has been charged with impersonating a police officer, Boynton Beach police said Friday.
Terry Scott Petruzzi, 40, a lieutenant with Palm Beach Gardens Fire-Rescue, was following another pickup on southbound Interstate 95 near Gateway Boulevard around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to an arrest report. Petruzzi was traveling about 100 mph when a Boynton Beach police officer pulled both trucks over, the report said.
Petruzzi told the officer he was on his way to work as a private investigator in Fort Lauderdale. His red Toyota Tacoma had flashing strobe lights in the front and back.
“I was trying to slow him down,” Petruzzi said, according to the arrest report.
Petruzzi has a concealed weapons and private investigator’s license, police said. He also had a police scanner, a loaded 9mm handgun, and a video camera on the dashboard.
The man Petruzzi tried to pull over, Matthew LoGuidice, 24, of Tamarac, told officers he was speeding and thought an undercover officer was pulling him over, police said. LoGuidice received a speeding ticket and Petruzzi was arrested.
Stories of people impersonating law enforcement are a common occurence in my end of Florida. I tell the wife if she gets pulled over by an unmarked vehicle when driving alone, to first find a public place.
What makes this story above the run of the mill, is the fact the man works in public safety. Petruzzi should know better, and that leads me to believe this may not be an isolated incident. Isolated or not, I name Terry Scott Petruzzi today’s Knucklehead of the Day.