SUFFOLK, Va. July 30 2011 - A former security guard and convicted felon is accused of impersonating a police officer in Suffolk.
Eugene Johnson, III, 22, of the 700 block of Eric Court, was arrested on July 27 and charged with impersonating a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless driving, and having impermissible lights, according to Suffolk police spokesperson Debbie George.
On July 26, a Chevrolet Impala with a blue light activated was observed in the 1000 block of Hosier Road traveling recklessly at a high rate of speed.
George said the vehicle was traced back to Johnson, and he identified himself to police as a DCJS certified security officer. Police said his certification has since expired.
A search warrant was conducted on Johnson’s vehicle. Police believe some of the items inside the vehicle were stolen. The items included a jacket with POLICE displayed on the back, a bullet proof vest, and a portable radio.
Police believe Johnson formerly worked as a security guard and for hotels in the Hampton Roads area.
Johnson is currently being held with no bond in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
Police are continuing with the investigation.