PICKENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a man for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, deputies saw an unmarked, suspicious vehicle — a gray Chevrolet Malibu with a North Carolina tag — attempting to stop a motorcycle using a flashing blue light on Pendleton Street near Pickens City Hall around 4:20 p.m. on Sunday.
The deputy drove towards the vehicle and it sped off, leaving the motorcycle on the side of the road, but was later stopped by the deputy on a side street.
According to the release, Mark Michael Church Landmeier, 21, was arrested after he told the deputy he was not a law enforcement officer.
The vehicle Landmeier was driving was also registered to a third party in North Carolina and was not a law enforcement vehicle.
According to the release, the blue lights — with an audible siren, a public address systems and a CB radio — were found hard wired into the vehicle, and was placed into evidence.
Deputies also found a Ruger .22 caliber pistol, as well as a gold-colored badge with the words “Police Officer” and “Explorer” printed on it.
Landmeier was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
He was taken to the Pickens County Detention Center, where he was being held on $5,000 bond.
Sheriff’s Office officials are asking that anyone who may have come into contact with someone operating an unmarked, gray Chevrolet Malibu as a law enforcement vehicle, to cal the sheriff’s office at 864-898-5500.