AKRON- Akron police say a Lancaster, Ohio man has been charged with impersonating a police officer, after he attempted to pull over an off-duty police officer, who was on his way to work on Monday night.
Investigators say the patrolman was getting onto I-76 west near Arlington Street outside Akron, when he encountered David Scofield, 50, who was behind the wheel of what appeared to be a police cruiser, complete with a spotlight, antennas, and a sticker on the trunk that reads ‘police interceptor.’
Police say their investigation would later reveal that Scofield is a former reserve with the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, but was let go for impersonating a police officer.
Lt. Rick Edwards tells FOX 8, “[the officer] was trying to get on the freeway, this car wouldn’t let him on, and then when he does get on, he won`t let him pass, so he thinks it`s obviously maybe a policeman here, so he tries to pass the car. When he gets beside it, the guy starts using his spotlight to spotlight him so he can`t see, like `what the heck`.'”
The officer called for back-up and when Akron and Tallmadge police pulled over Scofield, they found that he had all of the equipment normally issued to a police officer and much more.
Lt. Edwards tells FOX 8, “He has a uniform, shirt; he has a bulletproof vest. What they didn`t realize until later was that the vehicle was full of all kinds of weapons. I mean he had a cache of handguns, rifles; he had shotguns; he had silencers; he had boxes of ammunition, everything you or I would see and think this is a police officer.”
Scofield told investigators that he is a licensed gun dealer, but he did not have an explanation for trying to pull over a motorist on a busy interstate.
He was charged with impersonating a police officer, and impersonating an officer with the intention of making an arrest. “It makes you feel uneasy, thinking that there`s somebody out there that`s portraying himself as a policeman, and then trying to stop people. Like I said, he had a car full of guns. Who knows what he would have done next,” said Edwards.
Scofield is being held in the Summit County Jail on a bond of $40,000.