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7/16/06-Tyler

Police Impersonator Says He Was Just Having Fun

The Troup teenager accused of impersonating a police officer says the stunt he pulled the other night was just a joke.  Sergio Carey, 19, was arrested last Thursday after admittedly pulling over three teenagers early in the morning.

He told KLTV 7 News, he thought using the flashing lights and fake badge to stop the victims would be funny, but the sheriff says he's not laughing.

Carey was headed home from his cousins just before 3:00 a.m., when he saw a lone car driving down Spur 364.  He says he thought it would be funny to use his flashing blue and red lights and a plastic police badge to try and stop the car.  Three teenagers were inside.

"I patted them down and put all of their belongings on the hood of the car, the truck, and went back to my car and drove off.  I don't know what I was thinking. It was just my stupidity.  I thought it would be funny," says Carey.

Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith says Carey should have thought twice before pulling the stunt.

"The three young men he stopped, they don't think that was a joke. The women who have traveled these roads by themselves at night don't think it's a joke," says Smith.

Smith adds impersonating a peace officer is a crime his department takes very seriously, because it hinders his officers' ability to do their jobs.

"It gives a bad name to my occupation. It makes people very leary about stopping for a peace officer. This has a wide ranging effect on the attitude of the public," says Smith.

This was not Carey's first brush with law enforcement.  Last year, the former Troup homecoming king was arrested for theft. Now, he's facing third degree felony charges, which could land him in prison for up to ten years.

He says if he's lucky enough to escape jail time, he'll finally get serious about his future.

Sheriff Smith couldn't be specific, but he says Carey could be facing additional charges.

Lindsay Wilcox, Reporting.  lwilcox@kltv.com

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