Orange County, FL – An Orange County firefighter was arrested Sunday after allegedly impersonating a police officer during a road rage incident.
A motorist told investigators he had just exited State Road 408 and was driving eastbound on East Colonial Drive when a man driving a gray Hyundai cut him off and then started following him, WFTV reported.
Investigators later identified the driver of the gray Hyundai as Orange County Firefighter Anthony Woods.
The motorist told police he turned off into the Countryplace Subdivision and was turning around in a cul-de-sac when Woods got out of his Hyundai and confronted him, WFTV reported.
He said Woods was carrying a gun as he stormed towards him.
“You almost hit me, and I’m a police officer/firefighter,” Woods allegedly said, according to the motorist.
The driver said he stomped on the accelerator and drove off because he was in fear for his life, WFTV reported.
He called 911 along the way.
According to investigators, the motorist pulled over to wait to meet up with deputies a short while later, at which point Woods allegedly confronted him yet again, WFTV reported.
When he realized the motorist was talking to someone on the phone, Woods allegedly told him not to take down his license plate number.
He then jumped into his Hyundai and drove off, according to the other driver.
Woods subsequently called 911 and made a complaint about a reckless driver, WFTV reported.
As deputies were speaking with Woods about the reckless driver complaint at a local fire department, they realized he was the suspect involved in the road rage incident, according to investigators.
Woods was arrested on charges of impersonating an officer and aggravated assault with a firearm, WFTV reported.
A judge set his bond at $5,000 Monday morning.