Deputies arrest Charleston man accused of driving with red lights, siren
A Charleston man is accused of outfitting his sport utility vehicle with a strobe light and siren and pretending to be a member of the Charleston County Rescue Squad.
Thomas Alan Heugel, 60, of Dills Bluff Road, is charged with unlawful possession of red or blue lights, court records show.
Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday recognized Heugel as the driver of a white Chevrolet Tahoe at the intersection of Camp and Folly roads, an incident report states. The vehicle was decked with blue stripes, strobe lights and a siren, deputies said.
It wasn’t the first time that deputies caught Heugel driving with the embellishments, according to a report.
In November, Heugel introduced himself as a rescue team member when deputies questioned him about a red rotating light on the top of his vehicle, the report states. Deputies asked him to take the light down after determining that he wasn’t being truthful, according to the report.
Heugel did try to join the rescue squad, investigators learned. But he was turned down due to a prior charge out of Michigan, deputies said.
Concerned citizens reported that Heugel may have been using the lights to make traffic stops from his Tahoe, deputies said.
Deputies again spotted Heugel driving down Camp Road with red lights illuminating his back windows earlier this month. Authorities paid him a visit at home to tell him to remove them, an incident report states.
On Sunday, deputies pulled Heugel over after noticing that he still hadn’t taken the lights down.
Heugel was placed under arrest and held at the Charleston County jail in lieu of a $237 bond, court records show.
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