Police in Wilson, North Carolina have shared a pretty remarkable story that’s like something straight out of a movie.
That’s where they’re reporting a very strange traffic stop, an ensuing car chase, involvement of a fake police officer, and six arrests, including the fake cop.
Here’s what went down.
Wilson police officers say they conducted a traffic stop outside a convenience store, believing that one of the five men in the car was a murder suspect.
The driver fled the scene and was chased approximately two miles, where the driver of a Ford Taurus with flashing blue lights passed the police vehicles and the fleeing vehicle and cut off the vehicle, forcing it to stop.
Police say the driver of the Taurus exited the vehicle, had the driver of the previously fleeing vehicle get out at gunpoint, handcuffed him and began searching him. It was then that Wilson police officers stopped the Taurus driver from further actions and took control of the previously fleeing vehicle and occupants.
Police said the Taurus driver then left the scene before officers could speak with him.
Police officers learned that the man, later identified as David Adams, Jr., was not in any way affiliated with a law enforcement agency or a sworn officer and was subsequently arrested.
The five occupants of the fleeing vehicle were arrested after a search of their vehicle revealed a handgun, MDMA pills, Codeine pills, a Vyvanse pill, and $708 in cash. Here were there charges:
-Henry L. Davis, IV, 20 was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and open container of spiritous liquor in a motor vehicle.
-Jamail Barnes, 18, with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
-Rakeem McNair, 20 (driver), was charged with felony flee/elude, felony possession of Schedule II drug, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
-Dwan Dawson, 21, with felony possession of a Schedule II drug and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
-Tafari Dupree, 21, with felony possession of marijuana with the intent to sell/deliver.
The handgun recovered was thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit. An investigation has begun regarding possible charges related to the handgun.
Police say Barnes’ brother was the possible murder suspect that was believed to be in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. Barnes admitted that he was wearing the same clothes that were being worn by his brother earlier that day.
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In October, a teenager found himself in hot water in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after police say he impersonated an officer during a traffic stop last month (body cam footage at bottom).
According to the REAL police, 18-year-old Brenden Wysynski was driving a grey Ford sedan with no police markings. They say that’s when he pulled over a vehicle near Fourth Street and I-40 for allegedly going 120 mph on the highway.
The other big no-no? They say Wysynski’s vehicle had flashing red and blue lights and a police radio.
#APD arrested Brenden Wysynski (18) for impersonating a police officer after he pulled over a car on 4th/I-40. An APD officer stopped to assist who he believed was an officer on a traffic stop, when he encountered Wysynski pretending to be a BCSO deputy. pic.twitter.com/4lCsoSuQhr
— Albuquerque Police Department (@ABQPOLICE) September 9, 2019
Here’s how he got caught. An officer with the Albequerque Police Department (APD) said that Wysynski waved to him as he passed by the fake traffic stop. The officer then stopped to assist him.
“The criminal complaint stated Wysynski was dressed in plain clothes but that he had a ‘star-shaped badge’ on his belt and told police he was a deputy with BCSO,” reported local media.
According to the officer, the teenager told him his name. He then allegedly claimed he had worked for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) for the past three years.
It was all caught on bodycam footage. The moment was caught Wysynski points to the badge on his belt and tells the officer “This is all I got,” when he is asked to give identification to the officer.
It lead to the police asking where he got the badge, to which the teen said he bought it online.
The teen’s story quickly changed, and he said it had belonged to his father who worked for the BCSO before his death.
It didn’t take long to find out that nobody with that last name had ever worked for the department.
Wysynski allegedly told police his birth year was 1994. But according to his vehicle’s registration, it was 2001… a fact officers confirmed when they searched the police database.
According to the police report, when they arrested Wysynski and put him in the back of their car, he fessed up, said he bought the badge online and admitted he’d never worked for the BCSO.
“I’m just gonna be straight-up with you. I’m not a cop,” the young man said.
Ironically, before this arrest, his only bust was reportedly a speeding ticket.
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