Man arrested for allegedly impersonating an officer

A Mayfield, Kentucky man was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly impersonating an officer.

The Graves County Sheriff’s Department says 65 year-old Billy Grooms allegedly called Kentucky State Police dispatch to report an incident. The sheriff department claims he said that his dog had located some drugs at Fristoe’s Grocery.

A deputy met up with Grooms who provided him with the driver’s license of a man he was holding.

Grooms told the deputy his dog walked around the victim’s car and smelled something, which Grooms thought was illegal. He then took the license of the man in the driver’s seat and called dispatch.

Grooms was allegedly dressed in a jacket, shirt, and cap that indicated that he was a law enforcement officer and claimed he had more than 40 years experience. The deputy spoke with the man in the car and was told Grooms had a white van that was parked in the lot and said he noticed a gun inside. The white van Grooms was in had the words “K9 Unit Stay Back” and had stars on it.

Grooms claimed to be an employee of the Graves County Jail. The deputy contacted Graves County Jailer Randy Haley who denied that he was an employee.

Grooms was arrested for impersonating a peace officer and falsely reporting an incident.

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