PD: Mesa man charged with impersonating an officer

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 16:02:56-04

MESA. AZ — A Mesa man was charged Friday with impersonating a peace officer after allegedly pulling someone over on Higley Road.

According to court documents, Tanner Lee Sanders, 40, pulled over the victim on July 13.

Mesa police report that the victim was driving southbound on Higley Road when he saw a Black Ford Explorer behind him flashing red and blue lights.

Police say Sanders approached the victim, holding a small radio and wearing a chain around his neck with a badge that read "Bail Enforcement." Sanders reportedly asked the man why he was speeding and asked the victim to disarm himself.

Police say Sanders gave a "verbal warning for the speeding advising if it were anyone else, he would receive a ticket."

A witness to the incident took photos of Sander's vehicle with the flashing lights.

When questioned, Sanders reportedly told police that he stopped the victim because he was speeding, and there are often crashes in that area.

Arizona Department of Corrections records shows that Sanders was released from prison in 2017 after serving two years for aggravated assault.