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Police locate man accused of impersonating officers

December 7, 2018

WAYNE — A man accused of impersonating a police officer in Wayne County has been located by officers and admitted to the crime.

Justice Staley, 21, of Prichard, was found at his place of employment Wednesday evening and will be charged with impersonating a police officer, according to a news release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Ceredo Police Department, several Wayne County police departments had received calls regarding a white or light colored Jeep Wrangler with blue lights attempting to pull over vehicles outside of the Ceredo and Kenova city limits.

Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson said only one incident was officially reported to the sheriff’s office, but there had been several suspicious interactions reported on social media. The lone reported incident occurred when Staley pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of Walkers Branch and W.Va. 75.

In a report filed to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, one person was stopped with his wife and children with him and said the fake officer claimed to be with the Drug Enforcement Unit.

Thompson said though it’s only a misdemeanor, “the sheriff’s office is taking the situation very seriously and (Staley) will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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