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Man Posing as Police Officer Pulls Over Undercover Detective

Man Posing as Police Officer Pulls Over Undercover Detective

Associated Press

March 18, 2011

DALTONA security guard who apparently wanted to play police officer pulled over the wrong person Tuesday, according to Dalton police.

James Dale Smith, 58, an employee of J.J.K. Security in Chattanooga, turned on his strobe light and tried to stop a car on Shugart Road shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, police spokesman Bruce Frazier said in a news release.

What Smith didn’t know was the car was an undercover vehicle and the driver a Dalton Police Department detective.

On Wednesday, Smith was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and impersonating a public officer or employee, Frazier said.

When the detective saw the strobe, he radioed for a marked police car and continued driving. Smith, driving a white Crown Victoria with a “Police Interceptor” icon on the back and white strobe lights mounted along with police-style radio antennas, pulled up on the driver’s side of the unmarked car and started to nudge his car toward it, Frazier said.

That’s when Smith apparently recognized the driver, Frazier said. He turned off his strobe and pulled into a RaceTrac station, while the detective followed him and turned on his own blue lights.

He told the detective he wasn’t trying to pull the car over, but he told investigators later that he thought the car was going too fast, Frazier said.

Smith was wearing clothing similar to a police training uniform, a dark polo shirt with 511-style cargo khaki pants and black boots. He wore a Glock pistol in a belt holster, along with a spare ammunition magazine and handcuffs in a holster. He also had his security badge on his belt.

Frazier said police don’t have any reports of Smith attempting to pull anyone else over.

Anyone who believes they were pulled over by Smith is asked to contact Sgt. Daniel Nicholson at 706-278-9085, ext. 159.

  • Vintage_artistic_photo_of_patty_avatar_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Makes you wonder what else he has been doing???

  • M_9667fc2c687f23a8152f2bc98d03777d_max50


    over 3 years ago


    LMAO Delano... EPIC fail!!!

  • 20140214_120713-1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Just do what we all did. Go and APPLY you cocky jerk. No LE for you buddy.

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Bear-e2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Another swan dive into the shallow end of the gene pool.

  • Impd_max50


    over 3 years ago



    Would you like your dish of FAIL! served hot or cold? Cold....yes.......most certainly cold....

  • 2008_masonic_coin_max50


    over 3 years ago


    You should never try to work outside your level of incompetancy.

  • Wolf_001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump sigmachimarine

  • Ocp-me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I am not familiar with Tenessee law concerning impersonation. However, I'm very familiar with Texas law concerning impersonation of a peace officer. This story, as told, would not invoke impersonation charges in Texas. Private Security, in Texas, for the most part works hand in hand with law enforcement. At least, the reputable companies do. Eitherway, there are always those in private security that will break laws, or over step their boundaries, but the same happens with LEO's in their profession too. So, don't be so quick to catagorize private security. I can tell you story after story of LEO's pushing their limits of authority, and crossing them. This is a case where it appears this security officer was "warning" the other driver that his speed was too fast. Citizens do this all the time. Perhaps, he was "trying" to pull over this vehicle. The fact is the vehicle did NOT pull over, thus the driver did NOT succumb to what would have been a pretended authority by this security officer. So, in Texas at least, there is no impersonation.

    I can recall a few times, as a cop, that I ran across citizens using hand motions to slow vehicle down (especially in school zones). Yet, I didn't jump out of the car and try to "arrest" these guys for "impersonating a peace officer". This guy, to me, is no different. He just had the flashy strobe light to aid in his visual attempt of slowing someone down. Bad judgement call, but not criminal. Punish the security officer for bad judgement, but let live and learn. Just my two cents. An remember, I said I am NOT familiar with Tennessee impersonation laws, so these charges may be completely justified for simply wearing a cop-like-uniform. I don't know, but I do know A LOT of good security officers in Texas get a bad rap, just because the citizens (and cops) are not very educated as to what is legal and what is not within the scope of their jobs.

  • Hard_rock_3-20-11_max50


    over 3 years ago


    EPIC FAIL!! Too Funny. I would have loved to have seen this guy's face when he recoginized the detective!! Guarantee you they had to give that man a change of drawers when he got to the jail.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Hahaha brilliant, genius. Who in their right mind would want to impersonate an officer? It's dangerous.

  • 21_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I hope that he gets a little time in the pokey....

  • Terry00007_max50


    over 3 years ago


    OK... how about this... he wasnt trying to pull him over.... he was just trying to ummmm... pass him... yeah... pass him... and he used his light bar to ummmm.... let him know he was passing.... yeah... thats it. Thats why I'm a cop.... cause I suck as a defense attorney.... LOL

  • Uniphone1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    As much as this happens, it's funny that these idiots are still dumb enough to do this!!

    "Stay in the Fight"

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago



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