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Stafford man accused of impersonating officer
Police say Stafford man impersonated law enforcement officer

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Date published: 5/10/2011

BY KEITH EPPS

A Stafford County man has been charged with impersonating a police officer, authorities said.

Craig Patrick McSween, 38, of Galt Way is also charged with brandishing a firearm and driving on a suspended license, Sheriff's spokesman Bill Kennedy said.

Kennedy said deputies responded to a complaint Saturday about 12:15 p.m. in the Foxwood Village subdivision. The man who made the complaint reported that he had come up behind a vehicle that was being driven very slowly.

The man said he drove around the vehicle and went home. A short time later, Kennedy said, the slow vehicle drove by the home and its driver displayed a badge.

The driver came back to the residence a few minutes later and got out of his vehicle. He pulled up his shirt, displaying a handgun, then told the victim he worked for a federal law-enforcement agency and that the victim had been driving recklessly.

When the victim asked to see the driver's credentials, the driver left the area, Kennedy said.

The man called authorities and a short time later, Deputy Sandy Lawrence, who was in the area, spotted a vehicle matching the description the caller provided. She stopped the silver Chevrolet Impala and found several badges, a tactical vest and a second handgun inside, along with red and white lights on the dashboard.

McSween was taken into custody and later released on bond.

Kennedy said anyone else who might have been approached by the suspect should call the Sheriff's Office at 540/658-4400.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com