Cops: Man attempts to get out of ticket by referencing former jail job

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A 48-year-old man is behind bars after police say he attempted to get out of a traffic ticket by showing investigators an ID which identified him as an employee at a jail.

The Walterboro Public Safety Department charged 48-year-old Walter Thurman with impersonation.

On Saturday morning, a police officer said he spotted a pick up truck disregard a stop sign and turn right in the area of Paul Street and North Jefferies Boulevard. The officer then stopped the vehicle and spoke to Thurman, who was driving the truck.

A police report states Thurman then handed the officer an ID card which identified him as a corrections officer with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office.

When the officer asked Thurman if he was still working for the sheriff's office, Thurman told the officer that he was not working for them currently, and was waiting for his retirement paperwork to go through.

The police officer then contacted the jail and asked officials if Thurman still worked at the detention center. Authorities told the police officer that Thurman was no longer working at the jail since March of this year.

A supervisor at the jail also told the officer that Thurman was not waiting for any retirement from their agency.

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