Lakeland man accused of impersonating officer on U.S. 98

Posted at 11:56 AM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 18:52:39-04
A Lakeland man is accused of impersonating an officer by using lights and a siren hooked up to his car.
Gamalier Gonzalez Santiago, 30, was arrested Thursday after another driver called deputies, according to Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
"He was full blown on a mission." Martin Bozeman said.
Bozeman was in his car with his wife when he saw Santiago's car in his rearview mirror. His wife read Santiago's tag while Bozeman called deputies.
"Kind of heard a siren, but didn't sound like a siren." Bozeman said. "After really looking at it, it just (didn't) seem right."
Santiago turned on blue and red lights, a white strobe light and a siren while driving south on U.S. 98 north of Lakeland Thursday evening, deputies said. 
Bozeman and his wife followed him to the Sundance Village Mobile Home Park at 1400 Banana Road and waited for deputies to arrive.
Deputies said Santiago admitted to turning on the lights and siren in his burgundy 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage. He was booked into Polk County Jail on a charge of impersonating an officer.
Deputies want to know if Santiago has tried to stop any other drivers. If you have information about this case, contact deputies at 863-298-6200.