Man Faces Charges Of Impersonating Law Enforcement Officer

GARNER – The Wake County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Wake County man for allegedly trying to pass himself off as a law enforcement officer.

Deputies have charged Devin Alexander Stenulis of Apex with one count of impersonation of a law enforcement officer.

Wake County investigators became aware of the case earlier this week, after an off-duty Wake County Deputy was traveling on U.S. 70 East, near Benson Road, in Garner. The deputy witnessed a Dodge Charger with active blue lights, traveling eastbound on Highway 70. The deputy was able to dispatch the description of the vehicle.

“The Wake County Sheriff’s Office, along with the law enforcement community continue to be alarmed whenever someone impersonates being a certified officer,” Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said. “We will continue to be vigilant in going after individuals who attempt to erode the trust that law enforcement continues to build with the citizens we serve.”

Through investigative means, deputies were able to determine that the vehicle belonged to the suspect. Stenulis has been arrested twice for impersonating a law enforcement officer in the last five years.

Upon inspection of the vehicle, investigators identified several lights and a lightbar which could be mistaken as a law enforcement vehicle. Stenulis’s vehicle was subsequently seized for further inspection.

Deputies obtained a warrant and arrested Stenulis Tuesday. He was booked into the Wake County Detention Center and given a $25,000 bond.

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