|The actor who portrays `Joe Arizona,' the personification of Arizona racetracks’ slot-machine campaign Proposition 201, was arrested on Thursday for his Halloween impersonation of a highway patrol officer.|
``Actor Nick Tarr was at a downtown Phoenix restaurant dressed in pink boxer shorts, a brown highway patrolman’s shirt, and Smokey the Bear hat. Officers detained Tarr for an hour before citing him. The actor called the move political retribution from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe
Arpaio a proponent of Proposition 202, the Native America initiative that would bring more gambling to state reservations.
``Tarr said his attire was an attempt to spoof the sheriff’s reticence to debate him on the gaming issue.
``Clearly, I’m not trying to deceive anyone that I’m a law-enforcement officer,' Tarr said.
``Tarr is scheduled to appear in court on December 6. He is charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor for impersonating a police officer. If convicted, Tarr could face up to a year in jail plus fines...'