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.