Lexington, NC-- A man was charged for impersonating a deputy during a traffic stop in Davidson County.
According to the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened on Interstate 85 South in Lexington. Deputies were dispatched after the Davidson County 911 Center received a call from a man claiming to be a Randolph County Sheriff's deputy. The man told dispatchers he was following a white Honda in an unmarked vehicle on I-85 South that contained narcotics.
Detectives stopped the Honda for speeding, and during the stop, a grey Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Laron Glenn, of Charlotte, stopped behind detectives. A Davidson County deputy then observed a Camaro pull over behind the grey Cavalier. The deputy said a man who identified himself as Foy McNeil got out of the Chevrolet Camaro and pointed a .357 handgun at Glenn, who was in the driver seat of the Cavalier.
The deputy said McNeil told him he was a vice narcotics officer with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office and that he was currently working a drug investigation on the subjects driving the Honda and the Cavalier. Sgt. Soles (the deputy) requested identification from McNeil and McNeil gave him a Randolph County Sheriff's Office identification card indicating that he was a Deputy Sheriff with Randolph County Sheriff's Office.
After checking further, Sgt. Soles learned that McNeil was not a current employee with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, and he was not a sworn officer with Randolph County. Also, they discovered that McNeil had not worked for the Randolph County Sheriff's Office in several years. McNeil was then arrested, deputies confiscated his .357 handgun, along with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office identification card.
During the search, officers also seized a Ruger .223 rifle and two t-Shirts bearing the name "SHERIFF" from inside McNeil's vehicle. McNeil was placed in the Davidson County Detention Center under a $10,000.00 secured bond.