Choctaw, OK – A 19-year-old Tennessee man was arrested in Oklahoma on New Year’s Day after he pretended to be a police officer and pulled over multiple drivers.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) said deputies made contact with 19-year-old Jackson Jones on Jan. 1 after he allegedly “pulled over several people by flashing his lights behind them.”
One witness allegedly told investigators Jones claimed to be an undercover police officer when he pulled him over, but that he “became suspicious because Jones was acting so aggressive,” the OCSO said in a press release.
Deputies said they immediately noticed Jones was wearing a tactical ballistic vest emblazoned with the word “SHERIFF.”
He was also allegedly wearing a duty belt and carrying handcuffs, knives, and a flashlight.
“Jones insisted he worked for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, and that he was just leaving work and wearing the vest because it is comfortable,” the OCSO noted.
But the county Jones claimed he worked for and had just left sits about 875 miles away from Oklahoma County, according to The News Tribune.
OCSO investigators contacted the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) in Tennessee and spoke with the jail administrator, who also happens to be Jones’ cousin, according to the press release.
The CCSO jail administrator “told deputies Jones no longer works for the jail and is not re-hirable after he impersonated an officer there,” according to the OCSO.
Jones was ultimately arrested on charges of transporting an open container and impersonating an officer.
He was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center.
Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson said in the press release that the public should remember they can always call 911 if they are stopped by someone who they believe may not be a real law enforcement officer.
“911 operators will be able to tell you for sure whether there are any officers conducting traffic stops in your area,” Sheriff Johnson said.