Security officer arrested in Berkeley for impersonating SLED agent

Zackery Hoy Sivils

A 23-year-old security officer from Summerville was arrested early Monday after pretending to be a state agent and pulling someone over for a faulty tag light, according the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Zackery Hoy Sivils, whose address was not released, is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and is currently at the Berkeley County jail awaiting a bond hearing.

A Berkeley County deputy who was on patrol at 2:15 a.m. Monday saw a silver Chevrolet Tahoe with blue lights activated pulled over with a car in the parking lot of the Sunoco gas station at Carnes Crossroads. The deputy checked in to make sure the officer was OK, according to an incident report.

At the time, Sivils identified himself as a State Law Enforcement Division agent and told the deputy he stopped the car for a tag light violation. He was wearing slacks with dress shoes and a sports coat and had a badge displayed around his neck, the report states. When he cleared the stop, he allegedly sped off on North Main Street toward College Park Road.

The Berkeley deputy followed the Tahoe and pulled Sivils over after he allegedly slowed at an intersection, then turned on his blue lights again and sped through the intersection. During that stop, Sivils again identified himself as a SLED agent, but smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and was unsteady on his feet, the report states.

Sivils, who works for Hawkeye Security Services, eventually told the deputy he really pulled the car over because the driver almost struck his Tahoe. A female passenger with Sivils told the deputy they had come from a bar and pursued the vehicle for several miles before the stop, according to the report.

Sivils was arrested and a pistol he had on him and another badge in his wallet was taken into evidence. The Tahoe, which displayed blue lights all around it, was also impounded, the report states.

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