Man Gets Caught Impersonating An Excise Officer By An Excise Officer (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 5:26 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- A 24-year-old was arrested for impersonating an Indiana State Excise Police officer during Muncie Gras Saturday night.

Joseph Louis Garcia, of Muncie, approached an undercover excise officer, who was working Muncie Gras in plain clothing, and asked for his identification in front of Backstage Bar on Walnut Street.

According to police reports, Garcia tapped the plain clothed officer on the arm and demanded to see his ID. The actual excise officer asked why Garcia wanted to see ID and Garcia responded with "I'm with Excise and I need to see your ID now". The officer asked "You're with the Indiana State Excise Police?" and Garcia responded "Yeah. I'm Excise. I need to see your ID."

The real officer then arrested Garcia for impersonating a police officer, a Class D felony. He was taken to Delaware County Jail.

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