Southern Illinois man charged with impersonating an officer

A southern Illinois man was arrested and charged in Mississippi County for allegedly impersonating an officer.

On Wednesday, a Mississippi County deputy saw an out-of-state vehicle with flashing red and blue emergency lights traveling down State Highway 105 at a high rate of speed.

When the vehicle got close to the deputy’s patrol car, the driver turned off the flashing red and blue lights and turned onto the interstate.

The deputy followed and pulled the vehicle over.

The driver, 35-year-old Curtland Silarra Sawyer Jr. of Mounds, Illinois, told the deputy he was a fireman responding to an emergency call in southern Illinois.

Sawyer was arrested and taken to the Mississippi County Detention Center. Deputies then found out that Sawyer was not a commissioned law enforcement officer with any agency in the United States.

The Mounds Chief of Police, Lloyd Bosecker, did confirm with Local 6 that Sawyer is an auxiliary officer and auxiliary fireman for the city.

Auxiliary officers are not considered law enforcement officers under the law.

Sawyer is charged with false impersonation of a law enforcement officer and unauthorized use of a siren and warning light system on a vehicle when no emergency exists.

He was released from custody after posting a $3,500 surety bond.

Under Missouri state law, volunteer firefighters are permitted to display blue emergency lights on their vehicles when responding to an emergency call. Alternating blue and red emergency lights are authorized for law enforcement use only.

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