Man impersonating Westlake officer had heroin in sock, police say

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WESTLAKE, Ohio– Westlake police officers checked out a suspicious car and ended up finding a man posing as one of their own.

It happened at about noon on Monday on Center Ridge Road.

Stephen Salem (Photo courtesy: Westlake police)

Stephen Salem (Photo courtesy: Westlake police)

According to police, the driver of a Chevrolet Trailblazer had a Westlake Police Department shoulder patch and a shirt with the word “Police” in his window. Inside 47-year-old Stephen Salem’s SUV, officers found a CD radio, handcuffs and a police scanner. Police said the vehicle also had front and rear white strobe lights.

Salem had heroin in his sock, according to Westlake police.

He was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer, possession of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments. He is out on bond.

Center Ridge Road