Iredell County Man Charged With Impersonating Officer

IREDELL COUNTY, NC — A man is facing multiple charges after deputies say he was seen impersonating an officer on Tuesday.

Officials say Matthew Sells was impersonating a law enforcement vehicle on Crawford Lane when Deputy E. McNeely spotted him while patrolling the area.

After pulling over Sells, Deputy McNeely says he found two blue strobe lights, which were operational, mounted inside. Stickers bearing the insignia “HP511” and “K-9” were also reportedly added to resemble a law enforcement vehicle.

McNeely says a concealed firearm was also located inside the vehicle during a later search.

Sells was found to be in possession of controlled substances, deputies say, when he was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center.

He is charged with two counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Controlled Substance, Felony Maintain a Dwelling, Vehicle or Place to Sell Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Possession of Blue Light, Misdemeanor Impersonate Law Enforcement Officer by Insignia, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Possession of a Concealed Firearm, Felony Possession of Controlled Substance in Jail or Prison, and Window Tint Violation.

Deputies say the vehicle has been impounded and is undergoing further investigation.