Bar security guard accused of impersonating a police officer

Published: Feb. 19, 2014 at 5:21 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM EST
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Joseph H. Stinnett (Source: LMDC)
Joseph H. Stinnett (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Fairdale man is accused of impersonating a law enforcement official after witnessing a traffic accident outside a Louisville bar.

According to an arrest warrant, 18-year-old Joseph H. Stinnett was working security in the bar's parking lot when he witnessed the accident on the premises. Neither the name of the bar nor its address is listed on the warrant.

Police said Stinnett once worked as a volunteer firefighter in Bullitt County and had a vehicle equipped with emergency lights, which he turned on after the accident. He stepped out of the vehicle wearing a black turtleneck with the word "Traffic" embroidered on the collar, a black jacket which displayed his name, and a silver badge, according to the warrant. It also states that Stinnett had a flashlight, a stun gun and a radio on him when he approached the driver of the vehicle involved in the wreck and asked to see his license. Police said Stinnett told the driver he would contact Louisville Metro police.

When officers arrived, they initially thought Stinnett was a police officer working at the bar off-duty. One of the officers asked for Stinnett's identification. Stinnett was known to the other responding officer who was aware that Stinnett recently had been terminated from a Bullitt County fire agency and had no reason to have emergency lights and equipment in his vehicle, according to the warrant.

Stinnett is charged with impersonating a peace officer, a felony.

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