James Stewart Charged with Impersonating an Officer

A Central Florida motocross champion whose website calls him “the Tiger Woods of supercross” was arrested Monday on a charge of impersonating a police officer, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

James “Bubba” Stewart Jr., 25, was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup northbound on State Road 417 at 4:50 p.m. when he tried to stop another vehicle using red and blue police-type lights, troopers said.

Unfortunately for Stewart, the vehicle contained two off-duty highway-patrol troopers, who suspected that the pickup was not an undercover police truck.

As Stewart pulled alongside the vehicle, the driver identified himself as a law officer. That’s when Stewart, who had a passenger in the pickup, sped off, the highway patrol said.

The troopers called 911, and an Orange County deputy sheriff and an Orlando police officer stopped Stewart at Orlando International Airport.

Troopers arrived and arrested Stewart. His passenger, whom the FHP identified as Thames Jehrrod Quinault, 44, of California, was arrested on a charge of tampering with evidence. Investigators say he hid the red and blue lights in his luggage. The man was booked into the Orange County Jail as Quinault Thames Jehrrod.

Stewart was released at about 2:50 a.m. Several people were waiting for him and put a cap and gray hooded sweatshirt on him, apparently to obscure his face for waiting media. None of them would answer questions as they left the building and sped away in a white Range Rover driven by a woman.

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