(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, December 1st 2023, 8:38 PM EST)
OCALA, Fla. (TND) — This man’s troubles started when got into a pickup truck and drove around with red and blue emergency lights activated, and a siren blaring.
Two things the pickup did not have were agency markings on the outside and a law enforcement officer inside.
A deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Florida saw Derry Wayne Lambert driving around on July 31, 2023, and when confronted, Lambert claimed to be a deputy United States Marshal from Texas.
He was wearing a hat with the logo “Police – U.S. Marshal,” and he presented the deputy with a false U.S. Marshal badge.
The deputy arrested Lambert after learning he had no affiliation with the U.S. Marshals Service. Then, he found a .380 caliber pistol in the pickup truck.
Lambert, 52, was going to be charged with fraudulently impersonating an official, police obstruction with lights, unlawful use of a badge, displaying a firearm during a felony, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and smuggling contraband into prison.
Instead, for some reason, the feds wanted the case.
This week, Lambert, pleaded guilty to a charge of false impersonation of a federal officer and confessed to everything as part of his plea agreement.
He faces three years in federal prison.