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Police impersonator indicted

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A Lawrence County man, who posed as a policeman, pull-ing people over by flashing lights on his Cadillac has been indicted.

The Morgan County grand jury returned the indictment for the Class C felony of impersonating a peace officer against Tom Ethan Wiley, 30, of 6490 Lawrence County 205, Danville.

A Morgan County sheriff's investigator said Wiley stopped at least two drivers in early May by rapidly flashing his headlights to bright. He also wore a visor with sheriff embroidered on the bill and flashed it at the people he stopped, reports show.

He did not show them a badge and police said a search of his car didn't turn up law enforcement gear or flashing lights. Reportedly, one of the people he pulled over said that Wiley had put a tarantula on his shoulder while he searched him. The investigator said Wiley accused his victims of having just left a drug house.

When police took Wiley to jail for questioning he told them he worked for Lawrence County, but failed to produce a badge, authorities said. Police learned that Decatur had a felony theft warrant against Wiley.

Of the incident, Investigator Terry Kelly said in May, "If he was just living out a fantasy or looking for drugs, I don't know."

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