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Greenville police: Man pretending to be deputy arrested after fake traffic stop

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Wyatt Stephens (Courtesy: Greenville Co. Detention Center) Wyatt Stephens (Courtesy: Greenville Co. Detention Center)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville police said a man who pulled another driver over and pretended to be a Greenville County deputy was arrested Monday night.

Police said the fake traffic stop happened on Wade Hampton Boulevard around 10:30 p.m.

A Greenville police officer parked near the Regal Inn observed a vehicle following behind another car very closely and then saw both vehicles turn into the parking lot and stop in the middle of the lot, per incident reports.

According to Master Patrolman, Johnathan Bragg, the officer witnessed a man get out of his vehicle in a Clemson t-shirt and conduct what looked like a traffic stop.

The officer went over to see what was going on and, per reports, learned one of the drivers had used red and white flashing strobe lights to pull over the other vehicle for running a red light.

The suspect, Wyatt Stephens, 28, reportedly told the other driver he was a reserve officer with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

The victims told the real police officer they thought the red and white lights where real emergency lights and they pulled over. According to an arrest warrant, Stephens used volunteer fire emergency lights.

Stephens was arrested after the sheriff’s office confirmed he was not employed by that agency.

Police said they seized several items from inside Stephens’ vehicle, including handcuffs, a walkie talkie, Go Pro camera that was acting as a dash cam and an iPad.

Stephens was charged with impersonating an officer and open container.

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