DEL MAR, Calif. – A power-struggle between two arresting agencies was recorded on a body camera.
Video released Tuesday showed Park Ranger Adam Chase pulling over San Diego County Sheriff’s reserve deputy Scott Maters after he witnessed him talking on his cell phone while driving his convertible on March 12 around 3 p.m.
When Chase approached the vehicle, Masters asked why he’d been pulled over and a seven minute conversation captured on video began.
Masters questioned Chase’s authority of pulling him over and accuses him of “impersonating a peace officer on a public roadway.”
Chase quickly defended his authority.
“You're pulling people over on the highway. This is not legal. It's not a legal stop," Masters said. “You've started a whole big hornets’ nest now. So, we'll find out when I get everybody clear on what's going on with you pulling cars over on the road."
"You know what sir. I'm just going to give you a warning. But you know what. I don’t know why you're doing this, trying to make a deal out of it,” Chase said.
Masters has been terminated from his job as a reserve deputy.
San Diego Sheriff’s Department officials did not comment on the video or incident Tuesday.