Man Impersonates Officer, Tries to Pull Over Car: Officials

Allen Clifton, 29, was arrested for leading deputies on high speed chase and trying to pull over a car, authorities said.

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    Marion County Sheriff's Office
    Allen Clifton.

    A man was arrested Monday after leading deputies on a high speed chase through Ocala and impersonating an officer, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    Allen Clifton, 29, faces charges that include fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended or revoked license, driving under the influence, impersonating a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, a release by the sheriff’s office said.

    Deputies said they tried to stop Clifton after they saw him trying to illegally pull over a car using strobe lights in his pick-up truck. When Clifton saw the deputies, he sped away, traveling over 100 mph through a residential neighborhood, the release said.

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    Officials said they tried to block Clifton with their patrol cars but he rammed his car into the vehicles and continued to flee. Deputies were then forced to shoot Clifton’s tires to stop his car, the sheriff's office said.

    Clifton refused to exit the car and deputies were forced to break his window and pull him out of the truck, the release said.

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    Authorities said Clifton’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

    He remains in Marion County Jail on $55,000 bond, jail records show.

    It was not immediately know if he had an attorney.