Carroll County deputies have arrested a Grenada man suspected of impersonating a Vaiden police officer.
Placing a 911 call to the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center Thursday, Dustin Ward, 27, stated that he was a Vaiden police officer and that he would be traveling through Montgomery County at a “high rate of speed” to respond to a shooting in Vaiden, Carroll County Sheriff Clint Walker said.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department notified the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department about the call, Walker said.
There is no Vaiden police officer who goes by the name Dustin Ward, and there was no shooting in Vaiden, Walker said.
The caller had given a description of his vehicle to the Montgomery EOC, Walker said. Carroll deputies located the vehicle and Ward at the parking lot of the 35/55 Truck Stop on Thursday.
The vehicle did not have any flashing lights or other markings that made it look like a police officer’s vehicle, Walker said.
Ward was found wearing a police utility belt outfitted with a handgun, handcuffs, pepper spray and a baton. He also wore a black shirt and black cap that each featured the word “police.”
Using Ward’s own handcuffs, a deputy arrested Ward and transported him to the Carroll-Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility.
Aside from being charged by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for impersonating an officer, Walker said, Ward is also facing a charge by the Montgomery Sheriff’s Department for placing a false 911 call. Bond was set at $500. On Friday, Ward was still in custody.
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