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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Accused police impersonator says arrest stemmed from misunderstanding

South Carolina – Jason Stoddard, a 32-year-old videographer and director, said the whole episode stemmed from a playful prank in which he pulled over a good friend while driving a prop car designed to look like a police cruiser.

The joke backfired when his friend got scared, bolted and called police in a panic, he said.

With her help, Stoddard said, he’s now trying to clear his name and get the criminal charge dismissed.

“It was the worst misunderstanding of my entire life,” he said Monday.

A Charleston police report, however, indicates that the woman positively identified Stoddard and the car as being involved in the traffic stop that frightened her.

The woman also told officers she did not know Stoddard, police spokesman Charles Francis said. Full Article

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