Santa Cruz man allegedly pretends to be officer, attempts to handcuff driver

Photo: Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office

SANTA CRUZ (KRON) — Santa Cruz sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 22-year-old man accused of pretending to be an officer and trying to handcuff two people in Live Oak on Tuesday afternoon, according to Lt. Bob Payne.

Payne said Santa Cruz resident Gregory Calasopa was arrested for battery and impersonation of a peace officer.

Calasopa was driving behind a car waiting to make a left turn in the area of Maciel Avenue and Capitola Road, Payne said.

The 22-year-old became impatient and stepped out of his car to the other vehicle where he identified himself as an officer and attempted to handcuff the driver, according to Payne.

The driver and a passenger stepped out of their vehicle and exchanged words with Calasopa, who allegedly shoved one of them, Payne said.

The victims, who were not injured, drove away from the scene and called 911 around 3:30 p.m. to report the incident with a description of the suspect and suspect vehicle, according to Payne.

Deputies found Calasopa in his parked car on Soquel Avenue near state Highway 1, where they found handcuffs possibly used on the victim during the incident and arrested him, Payne said.

Investigators learned Calasopa had been hired by a local private security company and was not in a uniform, according to Payne.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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