Man, 20, accused of impersonating a police officer

February 01, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

The man flashing a badge and driving what appeared to be a police cruiser had pulled the driver over, slammed him against the car and slapped a pair of handcuffs on him.

But a few minutes later, the person who made the "arrest" was the one in handcuffs, after a skeptical driver passing the scene on Old Solomons Island Road in Annapolis on Thursday called police.

Officers - real ones - soon caught up with Richard Louis Williams, 20, of First Street in Annapolis, who was driving a blue Ford Crown Victoria outfitted with police lights. Handcuffs and a bail-enforcement agent badge were in the car, police said. Williams was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer and disorderly conduct.

The man he "arrested," it turned out, was a friend who was playing out a cops-and-robbers scenario with Williams, police said. Officers never caught up with the friend but said he could have been charged with disorderly conduct.

"What would move someone to do something like this, who knows?" said Officer Hal Dalton, a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department. "Maybe he's a frustrated actor."

If convicted of impersonating a police officer, Williams could be sentenced to six months in jail, a $100 fine or both.

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