Man charged with impersonating police officer in Warren County, OSHP says
The man allegedly had a fake badge and flashing blue lights on his vehicle
WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - An Ohio man faces charges in Warren County after investigators say he pretended to be a police officer to shorten his drive.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper spotted Thomas Charles Williams, of Youngstown, on Oct. 20 driving on OH-73 just east of OH-48 near Springboro in Clearcreek Township.
The trooper noticed there were red and blue flashing lights in the grill of Williams’ sedan despite it being unmarked. OSHP officials say the trooper considered the vehicle might have been that of an undercover officer but the temporary tags made it unlikely.
The trooper says he saw a badge hanging around the 44-year-old Williams’ neck and the badge was a fake from New York, according to OSHP.
The trooper questioned Williams, who said he was a painter and then admitted that he was just trying to get to Columbus “fast,” OSHP officials say.
Williams also has an active warrant out of New York, prosecutors say.
A Warren County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Williams on charges including impersonating a peace officer or private policeman and forgery.
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