A Rocky Mount man already facing impersonating an officer charges in Nash County, was arrested Tuesday on similar counts in Halifax County Tuesday.
Chief Deputy Scott Hall of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Jonathan Harold Moss, 23, was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited light.
In both the Halifax and Nash cases Moss claimed to be a Pitt County deputy.
The matter involving Moss in Halifax County occurred in the area of Driftwood Lane in Roanoke Rapids where deputies were dispatched regarding a disturbance call and learned a group of teenagers were being followed by a black vehicle.
Moss reportedly activated blue and white lights in an attempt to pull the teens over to settle a dispute. A juvenile passenger was with Moss.
The victim pulled their vehicle into their driveway on Driftwood Lane and the victim’s family blocked Moss’s vehicle until deputies arrived.
He claimed to be a Pitt County deputy and also claimed the light he used was given to him by the sheriff’s office there.
Investigation showed the information Moss gave deputies was false and he was charged. He has an April 7 court date.
On February 19, Moss was charged with impersonating an officer by Rocky Mount police. He told police there he was a Pitt County deputy.
He has a March 26 court date in Nash County where he faces charges of impersonating an officer, speeding and failure to wear a seat belt. He also has a pending court date in Nash County on May 6 for speeding.
In the statement Hall said there are safety tips to follow if you are stopped by an unmarked vehicle:
If you are in a dark area and do not feel safe, turn on your hazard lights, and call 911 on your cell phone and confirm that there is an actual officer attempting to stop you.
If you don't have a cell phone, slow down, turn on your hazard lights and stop at the first well-lit area.
It is completely permissible to record the traffic stop, as long as it does not stop you from complying with officer instructions. All Halifax County Sheriff’s deputies wear body cameras that record their actions.
If there is a question in your mind that the person that has stopped you is not a law enforcement officer, ask for another officer to respond. All deputies are required to show their badges and identify themselves. No legitimate deputy would have a problem providing reasonable ID when requested.
Take note of things that may help to identify the person, such as the description of the car, description of the person, did the person display a badge? What did it look like? What did the person say?
Call 911 and report anything that looks suspicious.