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CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — He was caught speeding and given a ticket, but this traffic stop soon led to a much more serious charge. So why is Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox facing a charge of impersonating an officer?

Chadbourn Town Attorney Butch Pope says Cox’s charge all started when a state trooper pulled Cox over for speeding last week.

“(Cox) and the mayor and two members of the local ABC board had to go to Raleigh on town business, and the town car is not that reliable. So they drove an unmarked Ford Explorer that the police of chief normally drives,” Pope said.

Pope says a trooper pulled Cox over for speeding on the drive back and asked Cox for his license and registration.

“Of course Stevie Cox is not in his own car. He doesn’t have his registration. He hands the paper work he finds in that Explorer, and the police chief had a badge in there, so he hands all that to the trooper showing that it was a town vehicle; not a personal vehicle,” Pope said.

But a search warrant says that Cox told the officer he was “the police chief of Chadbourn, NC.”

Pope says the trooper wrote up Cox for speeding and expired license before letting them move on.

According to the Highway Patrol’s Columbus County office troopers were told Tuesday to arrest cox for impersonating an officer.

Pope joined Cox as he turned himself in Tuesday afternoon.

“We got the paperwork. He didn’t have to post any bond. He was charged with misdemeanor impersonation of a law enforcement officer and charged with misdemeanor resisting and delaying, which I don’t understand,” Pope said.

Cox pleaded not guilty on those charges. He is scheduled back in court April 12.

We reached out to Cox for comment, but have not heard back. Pope says Cox is embarrassed by this whole ordeal.

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glenn davis
2015 years 11 months ago

WHERE IS CHIEF KELLY RODGERS WHEN YOU NEED HIM, probably enjoying life as a robenson county sheriffs officer, lol. sitting back watching the news and saying to himself “what in the world is going on in a town that i loved so much”. I dont know what happened all i can do is speculate like everyone else. I can tell you this i would bet my life they all knew what they were doing from the point of getting behind the wheel of the vehicle e x c e p t for the town manager. Sure he probably… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

I think Cox is just like any other person who holds a public office. Once in office, they suddenly become exempt from all the rules, laws and everyday bounderies that regular hard working, tax paying people have to abide by and give an account for. They use and abuse the system. As usual, its all another day in the life of a public official.

2015 years 11 months ago

My question is what is going to happen to the chief of police??? Shouldn’t he be liable for making sure anyone who drives his/her patrol vehicle has an active driver’s license??? I mean really!! Is it that hard to ask him/her to do his/her own job or is he/she too busy kissing the manager’s butt to get involved??? Also, I agree with everyone else. Why is the man who just lost the race for DA in the county, and who swore up and down that he was tired of inside politics, protecting someone who broke the law and has no… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

You are going to have a heart attack!!

2015 years 11 months ago

The Town Manager needs to be held accountable in accordance to the town personel policy. I am sure there is a requirement that town employees need to have a valid NC Drivers License. The insurance carrier for the town might go up on the policy if they are made aware employees are driving town vehicles without a license. I am sure it was an oversight and honest mistake on Mr. Cox’s part. As a Chadbourn native on 410, I Hope Mr Cox will be treated fairly not only by council but the court… Read more »

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