Charleston police arrested a 32-year-old Newberry County man and charged him with impersonating a police officer early this morning, officials said.
Jason T. Stoddard, of Friend Street in Newberry, was arrested about 3:50 a.m. when officers responded to a suspicious vehicle in the area of 520 Folly Road, spokesman Charles Francis said.
A female victim advised police moments earlier that a silver-colored Crown Victoria with unknown tags conducted a traffic stop on her at Yale Drive and Mohawk Avenue.
The victim told police that a white man wearing camouflage pants, an orange shirt and a black pullover conducted a traffic stop on her vehicle. The victim stopped because she thought a police officer was pulling her over for a traffic infraction and because she observed red and bluish white lights illuminating from the front of the vehicle. At that time, police said Stoddard got out of vehicle with a flashlight in his hand approaching her driver’s side.
Once the victim saw Stoddard’s clothing, she didn’t think he was a real police officer and she drove off, Francis said.
Police pulled over and arrested Stoddard at Wambaw Avenue, near Yale Drive, he added.
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