- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A security officer accused of pretending to be a state agent faces more charges.

Zackery Hoy Sivils, 23, of Summerville, was arrested late last week on three counts of impersonating an officer and two counts of kidnapping The Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/1pktMk3) reported.

Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies say Sivils had pretended to be a State Law Enforcement Division agent and stopped a car for a tag light violation Feb. 15.

An incident report said a pistol Sivils had and another badge were taken as evidence. The SUV he was driving had blue lights and was also impounded.

Arrest warrants on the latest charges say there were similar incidents between October and December where he pretended to be an officer assisting Goose Creek police and pulling over a vehicle in Summerville.

Defense attorney David Brown says Sivils had a passion for law enforcement and wanted to be an officer.

“Zackery is aware of the sensitive nature of these allegations in today’s politically charged law enforcement climate,” Brown said in a statement. “He understands how this incident erodes the public’s trust of law enforcement and makes law enforcement’s job more difficult and dangerous.”

Sivils worked at a security company and was SLED certified, Brown said, but has surrendered his certification and a concealed weapons permit after the allegations.


Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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