Ozark man charged with impersonating police

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:27 pm

An Ozark man faces an impersonating a police officer charge after police saw him driving a vehicle with a flashing blue light inside it on the roadway within the city limits of Ozark.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said police investigators arrested Charles Adam Williams, 20, of Dale County Road 60, on Wednesday and charged him with felony impersonating a police officer.

Spivey said the charge stemmed from an officer on routine patrol spotting a vehicle coming into the city limits on Enterprise Road with a blue light flashing on its dashboard around 6:45 p.m. Spivey said the patrol officer saw other vehicles moving to the side of the roadway as the vehicle with the flashing blue light traveled on the roadway.

“The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and it was determined the driver was not a law enforcement officer,” Spivey said. “There was really no excuse offered as to why he had one (a flashing blue light.)”

Spivey said Williams was traveling in a Chevrolet pickup truck. He said Williams was taken to the Dale County Jail and initially held without bail. Bail will be set at a later time.

If convicted of the class C felony crime of impersonating a police officer, Williams faces one to 10 years in prison.

“From time to time we do see this, but it’s been several years,” Spivey said. “We urge people if someone is attempting to pull them over and they’re not comfortable about it, we ask them to call 911 and the dispatcher can verify they’re being stopped by a legitimate law enforcement officer.”

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