Muncie man posing as officer arrested after approaching undercover police

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MUNCIE, Ind.– A Muncie man who police said was posing as an excise officer was arrested after approaching an actual undercover excise officer Saturday night.

Joseph Garcia, 24, was arrested on a preliminary charge of impersonating a police officer, a Class D felony.

The incident occurred during the city’s annual Muncie Gras celebration. Police said Garcia approached the officer and demanded to see the officer’s identification. The undercover excise police asked the officer if he was with the Indiana State Excise Police, in which Garcia replied he was.

The officer then showed Garcia his police badge and escorted Garcia out of the crowd and placed him under arrest.  He was transported to the Delaware County Jail.

“Impersonating a police officer is an intolerable offense for which we will have zero tolerance,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “Such behavior is not only dangerous to the perpetrator, but can put other citizens at risk.”

Excise officers also arrested two other people during Muncie Gras on charges including illegal consumption of alcohol, minor in tavern, false statement of age, false government issued ID and possession of a false ID.