Cops: Drunk man impersonated police officer

Luke Westbury (Source: DCSO)
Luke Westbury (Source: DCSO)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - Police in North Charleston have arrested a man and accused him of impersonating a police officer while being intoxicated.

Luke Joseph Westbury, 20, is charged with impersonating a police officer and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Early Saturday morning, officers responded to the Appian Way Apartments in reference to a suspicious person knocking on doors. Police say Westbury was knocking on doors, calling himself a detective and investigating drug activity, while he was intoxicated.

An apartment resident told officers last weekend that a man in shorts knocked on her door and asked her if she had seen anything suspicious. She said the man called himself a detective, though he provided no identification.

The woman said Westbury was unable to produce police credentials, was unsteady on his feet, appeared intoxicated and his eyes appeared blood shot and glassy.

While walking in the area, a police officer said he saw a man matching the description of the suspect drinking a beer and sitting on a third floor balcony. Westbury told the officer that there was a lot of suspicious activity in the area and that several drug dealers live in the area.

The suspect told the police officer that he had knocked on the doors of several homes in an attempt to contact the "suspicious persons." When the officer asked Westbury what he said to people that answered the door, Westbury told the officer that he told people that he was a Dorchester County deputy.

According to police, when the officer asked for Westbury's credentials, Wesbury said he did not have any and said he was not a police officer. He was then arrested for impersonating a police officer.

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