Report: Man impersonates cop, follows woman after traffic stop

Jason T. Stoddard. Source: CCDC
Jason T. Stoddard. Source: CCDC

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston Police Department report states that a 32-year-old man, who was impersonating a police officer, attempted to pull over a woman and followed her down three streets before stopping.

Jason T. Stoddard of Moncks Corner was arrested Saturday and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer.

According to court records, Stoddard acted as if he were a law enforcement officer and performed a traffic stop on a female motorist at 3:50 a.m. while at the intersection of Yale Drive and Mohawk Avenue on James Island.

Officials say Stoddard was driving an unmarked silver Ford Crown Victoria that featured a police-style spotlight attached to the driver's side door frame, both commonly used by police.

According to the victim, she stopped her vehicle because she believed that Stoddard was a police officer and was pulling her over for a traffic violation. The victim reported that the suspect's vehicle had red and blue lights at the front of the vehicle.

Police say Stoddard then left his vehicle with a flashlight in his hand and approached the victim's vehicle. The victim says she saw the suspect's clothing and did not believe he was a police officer. Police say the victim then drove off.

A police report states Stoddard then followed the victim down three streets before turning into a Harris Teeter.

Authorities say they then spotted the suspect's vehicle on Folly Road. Officers say when they stopped Stoddard, they noticed that the vehicle had a cage in the back, a rear light bar and several antennas.

According to investigators, inside the suspect's vehicle was a black mag-lite which is commonly used by police officers, an orange and yellow traffic vest, a police scanner and radio and velcro pads in the front windshield.

When police asked Stoddard if he was a police officer, Stoddard said no.

A Charleston Police Department report states that "the offender stated that he worked on the set of 'Army Wives' and the vehicle was a prop."

Stoddard told police that he was working on a music video earlier in the day and decided to take the car home. Officers say when Stoddard got out of the car, police noticed the suspect wearing camouflage style pants, a black shirt, black hat and a black pullover jacket.

During a search of the vehicle, police say they found a nightstick LED light bar, two mag-lite flashlights, a map, handcuffs and a box of gloves.

Stoddard's bond was set at $25,000.

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