Deputies drop charge of impersonating officer against man after verifying he works as officer for Georgia agency

Deputies drop charge of impersonating officer against man after verifying he works as officer for Georgia agency
Quinton Saxby

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Colleton County deputies say they have confirmed a man arrested on charges that included impersonating a law enforcement officer actually is a law enforcement officer in Georgia.

Quinton Saxby faced that charge along with a charge of disturbing the peace in connection with an incident at approximately 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Dispatchers received a call about a possible domestic disturbance on Hampton Street in the Walterboro area, an incident report states.

The report states a man, later identified as Saxby, waved a deputy down as a woman stood at the driver’s side of a car on Hampton Street.

Saxby identified as a law enforcement officer to the deputy, who detected a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, the report states. Deputies say he also claimed to have a pistol in his vehicle. At one point while the deputy waited for additional units to arrive, he reported noticing Saxby trying to position himself out of the deputy’s field of view, and at one point “felt the two subjects were attempting to divide my attention and staging an attack.”

Deputies say Saxby “was using profanities and acting in a lour and boisterous manner” as he was being questioned. The report also states he was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.”

After Saxby was arrested, deputies found a “military-type bag” on the driver’s side floorboard of his car which had “police” and “thin blue line” velcro patches attached to it.

A glock model 19 in a holster with a loaded magazine was also located in the car, according to the report along with a badge inscribed with “Georgia Community Supervision 3003."

Saxby also had a Georgia Community Supervision ID card, which wasn’t signed by a department head, the report stated. Georgia Community Supervision also couldn’t confirm his employment, the report stated.

The report states that while he was being booked into the Colleton County Detention Center, Saxby said he was not employed as a law enforcement officer and that statement was recorded by the detention center’s camera system, which lead to charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Colleton County Sheriff’s spokesperson Shalane Lowes said those two charges were dropped Tuesday after it was confirmed Saxby works for the Department of Community Supervision in Gwinnett, Georgia.

Saxby was issued a citation on the charge of disturbing the peace, Lowes said.

That agency monitors people who are on probation and parole, similar to the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services in South Carolina. All agents of the Department of Community Supervision are certified law enforcement officers, agency spokesman Jamelle Washington said.

Washington said Saxby has been with the agency since Jan. 16, 1015.

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