Myrtle Beach man arrested for impersonating a SLED agent

Myrtle Beach man arrested for impersonating a SLED agent

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WCSC) - A 51-year-old Myrtle Beach man has been arrested after authorities say he impersonated a SLED agent.

Authorities charged Joseph Michael DePace with impersonating a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor which carries a penalty upon conviction of one year in prison to a fine of up to $500.

DePace was locked up at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County.

According to SLED officials, the investigation started after a citizen's complaint regarding someone in a black Toyota Sequoia equipped with darkened windows and a blue light conducted a traffic stop and identified themselves as a SLED agent.

An arrest warrant states DePace showed a badge and told the driver of a vehicle that he could arrest him for reckless driving.

The case will be prosecuted by the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

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