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New Hope man arrested for impersonating officer

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 10:58 AM CDT
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The Guntersville Police Department says it arrested a man for impersonating a police officer on Oct. 7.

Officers said that 33-year-old Leonard Ray Clark, of New Hope, replaced his vehicle’s hazard lights with clear LED bulbs. He used his vehicle’s modification to pull over a woman on Oct. 7. After Clark stopped the woman, he claimed to be an officer and tried to remove the victim’s keys from her vehicle’s ignition.

When officers arrived, they said Clark told them he was an undercover U.S. Marshal officer.

Sergeant Bradford says drivers need to call 911 if they aren’t sure if it’s a legitimate law enforcement officer.

“If you see an unmarked vehicle and if you see blue lights slow down, turn your flashes on, blinkers on, and get to a well-lit area. So that way someone can see what’s going on just in case someone is impersonating an officer,” said Sergeant Bradford.

Clark was arrested for impersonating a peace officer and was transferred to the Marshall County jail on a $20,000 bond. He was released two days later on Oct. 9.

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