Newport man charged with impersonating police officer

Newport man charged with impersonating police officer

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Daniel Holt (source: Newport Police Department) Daniel Holt (source: Newport Police Department)
NEWPORT (WATE) - A Newport man was arrested Friday, charged with impersonating a police officer.

Daniel Holt, 20, turned himself in Friday morning on a charge of criminal impersonation.

Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults says the department received a complaint on May 10 from a 19-year-old woman who said she had been stopped by a man in a black Ford Crown Victoria with a long antenna, flashing red lights and a siren.

She said the man in the car was dressed in all black with a small badge on his belt.

The victim said the man approached her vehicle and told her she was being stopped for failure to use her turn signal. he tool her license and returned to his car for a brief period before returning to her car. The victim said the man then said he would not be issuing a ticket, but only a verbal warning.

The victim said the man then followed her to her friend's house and drove by blowing the horn.

Red and blue or flashing blue lights can only be displayed by law enforcement officers. Shults says his department encourages people to always yield to emergency vehicles and anyone being stopped to always pull to a well lighted or safe place for their safety as well as the safety of officers.

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