South Carolina man arrested by Chattooga County deputy for impersonating a police officer last week
According to an incident report Jeremy Austin Byrd, 24 of South Carolina was spotted parked on the side of Highway 27 near Summerville with blue lights activated on his personal vehicle Sunday night. Chattooga County Deputy Chris Clark stated in a report "While on patrol I observed a vehicle with emergency light equipment blue in color activated on the shoulder of Highway 27 near Wildlife Lake Road. Deputy Clark stopped to help and discovered the South Carolina man who claims to be employed with the Cook County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee. Boyd told deputy Clark he had struck a deer and pulled over to repair headlight. "Mr. Byrd couldn’t tell me what city the department was located in which made Clark very suspicious and concerned. Deputy Clark asked E911 dispatchers to verify and check the man’s employment with the Tennessee department the only problem was there is no such thing as a Cook County Tennessee. Bryd's story collapsed quickly after the deputy looked at the tag on Bryd's 2011 Ford Crown Victoria which displayed a South Carolina tag. Deputy asked for further units to the scene to assist. Byrd continued with his story of being a certified law enforcement officer. Byrd then handed deputies a detectives business card from the Carter County Sheriff's Office and claim to also be employed there as well. Deputy Clark stated "I contacted Lieutenant Kent who was listed on the business card inquiring about the employment status of Mr. Byrd with his agency he replied didn't know a Byrd employed at there agency. Deputy Clark stated Byrd stated he was not employed by any law-enforcement agency and was not a law-enforcement. Byrd told deputies he did not have any answer to why he stated he was. Clark placed Byrd into custody and transported him to the Chattooga County Jail where he was charged with impersonating a police officer and using blue lights in the commission of a crime. According to arrest records, this isn’t the first encounter with law-enforcement involving public safety when Byrd was 19 he was arrested for stealing the siren and radio from an ambulance and installing them into his own personal vehicle. According to the Deputies, the Ford Crown Victoria was decked out with blue lights even had law-enforcement dash cams in the front and back.