Man charged with impersonating officer after reporting crash

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 7, 2008 - A 20-year-old man who called in a car crash to authorities this morning ended up in jail when he was found in possession of official police gear.

Daniel Alexander Reyes was charged with the felony offense of impersonating a public servant after his arrest south of Como about 12:30 a.m.

Reyes was listed on the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office blotter as having called in a one vehicle rollover accident at 11:53 p.m. Sunday on FM 69 near County Road 2463.

When Hopkins County sheriff's deputies Daniel Winn, Paul Fenimore and Chris Rich arrived, Reyes was in a 2006 Dodge Charger, a black vehicle with black wheels, similar to units used by law enforcement agencies.

Flashing red and blue emergency lights were activated in the car when the officers arrived, but he turned them off when the deputies drove up.

The officers also reported they saw Reyes enter the wrecked vehicle and taken items from inside.

Reports state he told the deputies he was not a certified officer and not carried on the roster of any law enforcement agency.

The deputies were given permission to search the Dodge Charger, where they found "items relating to official police duty."

An officer at the sheriff's office said this morning those items included a tactical vest, handcuffs and chemical spray, in addition to the blue and red emergency lights.

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