It’s 2 o’clock in the morning, and a police officer pulls you over. You find out later that the man who stopping you was not a police officer at all. That’s exactly what deputies say happened in Berkeley County early Sunday morning.
At about 2:15am Sunday, a Berkeley County deputy noticed what looked from all appearances, like an unmarked police vehicle. It was a gray Chevy Tahoe with lights flashing. It had pulled someone over in the Sunoco gas station parking lot at Carnes Crossroads.
Sheriff Duane Lewis tells News 2, “He went to back him up and discovered that something just didn’t seem right. He had a badge on, and the deputy didn’t think too much about it.”
According to the police report, Zachery Sivils was at the Tahoe, and had made the traffic stop. He told the deputy that he was a SLED agent, and had stopped a vehicle for a faulty tail light. However, something didn’t seem right, so the deputy followed the Tahoe down highway 17-A as it drove off at a high rate of speed. The Tahoe turned blue lights on to drive through the red light at College Park road so, “the deputy initiated a traffic stop and did some additional investigation to determine that this individual was a security officer and not a SLED agent.”
This time he smelled alcohol on Sivils’ breath, and noticed he had slurred speech. Sivils again said he was a SLED agent. Finally, he admitted that he was a private security officer with Hawkeye Security Services.
A passenger in the Tahoe, Krista Nicole Shortt, told the deputy that the two had come from a bar in Summerville. She said they followed the vehicle Sivils pulled over for several miles because the vehicle almost hit their Tahoe.
If you believe you may have been pulled over by this vehicle call crimestoppers 554-1111.
A field sobriety test was not conducted. Sivils is charged with one count of impersonating a police officer. If convicted, he could pay up to a $500 fine and spend up to a year in jail.