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Shepherdsville Police arrest man accused of impersonating Ohio police chief

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Stephen Stewart (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center) Stephen Stewart (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shepherdsville Police say they've arrested a man who was trying to impersonate the chief of police of an Ohio police department.

According to an arrest report, it all happened on Thursday, just before 2 a.m. Police say 43-year-old Stephen R. Stewart was driving in the northbound lanes of I-65, when his vehicle crashed into another vehicle abandoned on the right shoulder of the interstate.

When EMS arrived, police say Stewart was complaining of chest pains. According to the arrest report, police could smell burnt marijuana coming from Stewart's vehicle.

As police searched the car, an officer allegedly found business cards indicating that Stewart was chief of police for the Gratis Police Department in Gratis, Ohio. Police say they also found a bag labeled "Police" inside the car.

"Thinking that the above subject was a police officer, officers asked the driver if he had a gun in the car," the arrest report states. "After being hesitant, the subject stated that he had a .40 cal. Smith and Wesson in the Police bag."

Police say they found the gun wrapped in a small towel, and the magazine, fully loaded, was wrapped separately in a piece of clothing.

Police, "thinking that this was an odd way for an officer to store a gun," looked up Stewart's information on a national database and discovered, according to the arrest report, that he had been arrested for felonies in Ohio in 2008, 2011 and 2014. The charges included Impersonating a Peace Officer and Possession of Dangerous Drugs. 

Police say they called Jeffrey King, the real chief of the Gratis Police Department, who told them he had been chief since 2013, and had never heard of Stewart. He said Stewart had never been employed by the Gratis Police Department.

Stewart was arrested and charged with Impersonating a Peace Officer and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon. 

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