A 23-year-old security officer accused earlier this month of pretending to be a state agent was booked Friday in Berkeley County on additional charges.
Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies on Feb. 15 charged Zackery Hoy Sivils of Summerville with impersonating an officer. He now faces three additional counts of that charge and two counts of kidnapping, according to his attorney Peter David Brown.
A judge set bail at $50,000 on the additional charges, Brown said.
Sheriff’s deputies alleged in an incident report that Sivils pretended to be a State Law Enforcement Division agent and stopped a car for a tag light violation around 2:15 a.m. on Feb. 15 at a Sunoco gas station at Carnes Crossroads.
Sivils was arrested and a pistol he had on him and another badge in his wallet were taken into evidence. The Tahoe, which displayed blue lights all around it, was impounded, the report stated.
Arrest warrants on the additional charges allege similar offenses between October and December, including pretending to be an officer while assisting Goose Creek police at a traffic safety checkpoint on Dec. 31 and pulling over a vehicle on North Main Street in Summerville.
Brown said in a statement that Sivils had a passion for law enforcement and aspired to be an officer. Sivils worked at a security company and became SLED certified, Brown said, but he surrendered his certification and a concealed weapons permit in light of the allegations.
“Zackery is aware of the sensitive nature of these allegations in today’s politically charged law enforcement climate,” Brown said in a statement. “He understands how this incident erodes the public’s trust of law enforcement and makes law enforcement’s job more difficult and dangerous.”
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