Mansfield man accused of impersonating cop

MANSFIELD — A Mansfield man is scheduled for an initial appearance in court at 10 a.m. today on a charge of impersonating a police officer.

The Mansfield post of the Ohio Highway Patrol reported David M. Rogers, 28, of 1525 Lohr Road, was charged after pulling over a teen for speeding on Ohio 314 between Shelby and Ontario.

The incident occurred March 29. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. Rogers’ attorney, Cassandra Mayer, recently filed a not guilty plea on his behalf.

“The suspect was in a vehicle with flashing lights and stopped (a 17-year-old boy),” said patrol Sgt. Jeff Redden.

“He didn’t identify himself with any department, but looked like an officer, I guess. He said he was off-duty.

“Mr. Rogers made contact with this kid’s father (via phone) and said, ‘I stopped your son and I thought I’d let you know that I gave him a (verbal) warning.’ ”

Feeling suspicious, the victim’s family later contacted the patrol.

“A week later, the teen saw the vehicle again (a gold Chevy Avalanche) and was able to get a license plate number,” Redden said. “That’s how we were able to find him.”

After an investigation, the patrol charged Rogers on May 17.

“It was an ongoing investigation. We wanted to build a strong, solid case, and that took some time,” Redden said.

The incident has a familiar sound in north central Ohio.

In May 2009, Clyde Heitzman, 49, was arrested after he was accused of pulling over a vehicle near U.S. 30 and Fourth Street, blowing his horn and flashing his bright lights at a couple driving to their home in Crestline.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

In February, the Morrow County Sheriff’s department began a search for a man accused of impersonating a police officer in Morrow County. Morrow County Sheriff Steven Brenneman said the suspect is accused of pulling over a vehicle.

“I wouldn’t say this kind of thing is a real problem in this area,” he said.

“If you’re going to be stopped in Ohio, the officer should be in a marked patrol car. The officer should be in uniform, which should specify who they work for. If it’s not clear, ask.”

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  19. buckeyesyd says:

    Greg Stewart · SubscribeSubscribed · Kitten Mittener at Kittens Mittens Inc.
    sounds like a bunch of george zimmerman want a be’s

    Price ChearnleyI wonder if the person he pulled over was black lol

    Phil Sydnor · Top Commenter · Public Scrutiny
    Yes, I believe George has started something, however with this said…Folks need to get police involved by doing what they can to put people like this on notice. Now, IF they’re not doing anything when you report it, then by all means do what’s necessary to stop it!. In my case, we created a website http://www.mansfieldersperspective.com to create the awareness out local paper will not allow. Making folks aware of what’s going on is justice enough in most cases, once folks know their bad behaviors on notice is enough to get them to steer away, unlike our current slap on the wrist revolving door of crime justice system!

  20. buckeyesyd says:

    Jim Wetzel · Top commenter · Colorado Technical University
    It is apparent to me that this guy has no idea what it is like to be a real police officer. He had no idea who he was pulling over. He thinks playing with his lights and siren make him something, but traffic stops are one of the most dangerous things a police officer does each day. Yep, someone can be running a red light or speeding but you have no idea what that person may have done previous to that. They can think you are pulling them over for a murder they just committed. People think this guy did something good, I think he is just plain stupid.

  21. buckeyesyd says:

    Roger BrokawFor one I would never pull over for anyone i am not sure about, secondly he would have a big surprise waiting for him…

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · Public Scrutiny
    There are some cops I wouldn’t pull over for unless there are witnesses, that’s how crazy things are getting in Richland County!. It’s hard enough to tell who’s who with all the crooks running around here.

  22. buckeyesyd says:

    Kenny Myers · Top commenter · Mansfield High School-Mansfield, Mo.
    I say give him a medal I wish he would park outside my house and pull over the cars that speed by, and especially the one who ran my cat over last Sunday. Anyone who runs an animal over and doesn’t stop to find its owner is a piece of crap. Remember you reap what you sow it will come back to you! Hopefully you will slow down and not kill a child with your car.

    Tim Theodorou · Top commenter · 28 years old
    I wouldn’t slow down for him if he was doing his fake traffic detail from your house. Why? He isn’t a real police officer in an official marked car. I know better.

    Regarding your cat, I am sorry that it was killed but that is your fault it got hit. You are not allowed to let your animals run “at large.” A few months ago, I was driving down a road going home from work when a dog came out of the darkness and ran in to my car. The collision was not avoidable. I pulled over and called the police. A few bystanders helped move the dog off the road as its rear legs were broken. I felt horrible. Though I waited for the police, I wasn’t going to do much more in terms of locating an owner. I did my due diligence over and above since I couldn’t be charged with anything. The owner ended up showing up on scene. She wasn’t charged but I wish she was. Maybe that will teach her to be more responsible.

  23. buckeyesyd says:

    Tim Theodorou · Top commenter · 28 years old
    Seriously?! The kid pulls over for a Gold Chevy Avalanche? Folks, get familiar with what the police drive. It’s not hard. Also, no cop is going to make a traffic stop in an unmarked car. If a vehicle that is not clearly identifiable as a police vehicle tries to stop me and a guy out of uniform hops out, I’m leaving and calling 9-1-1. People need to pay attention.

  24. buckeyesyd says:

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · Public Scrutiny
    I know my comments are getting blocked, but hey! – This is STILL a good way to get a point across by getting this out on facebook from here!

    If anyone can get you off for impersonating an officer it will be this Attorney, especially if you are a family or a friend of the family – if you know what I mean?. Birds of a feather flock together!.

    How ever, she didn’t help her Uncle “the FIRED APA SUPERVISOR” much when he impersonated a police officer when he decided to follow his ex-wife and a sex offender even though it’s against policy. Instead of calling in the police, like this fella took matters in his own hands in which we all know the outcome. I hope this guy is a private citizen and gets the MAX for what he did and loses his job as well. But hey, IF he’s friends of the family, maybe they can get him a job somewhere else within their buddy system?. Hell, maybe John can get him a job with him out at the Mall?, after all he is thee Mall cop – lol!.

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