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Possible police impersonator arrested after multi-agency pursuit

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Monroe Police Department officers and Union County Sheriff’s deputies worked together to arrest a man who was allegedly impersonating a police officer.

At approximately 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, detectives with the Monroe Police Department’s Rape Crimes Unit attempted a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry with false license plates.


The driver of the Camry was attempting to pull out of a parking space when he realized he had been stopped.

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The driver intentionally struck a Union County Sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car and fled the scene.

A pursuit ensued, led by Monroe police and Union County police officers into Mecklenburg County via I-485. During the pursuit, the driver of the Camry drove carelessly, drove at a high rate of speed, ran red lights, and crossed into the opposite lane of traffic.

Police say the suspect also threw drugs out the vehicle’s window.

The pursuit continued onto Providence Road where a Union County police officer conducted a traffic stop, which disabled the suspect’s vehicle and ended the pursuit.

(Monroe Police Department)

The driver was arrested and later identified as Roger Desmond Burns III of Indian Trail.

Officers recovered drugs thrown from the vehicle and found bags of methamphetamine and fentanyl. During a search of the vehicle, which was reportedly stolen from York County, South Carolina, they discovered items stolen from a federal agency, including a bulletproof vest, handcuffs, an agent’s ID card and police patches, as well as a replica handgun, holster and removable strobe lights.

Burns is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, trafficking in opiates, destruction of evidence, possession of methamphetamine and fleeing to avoid arrest.

He is currently being held in the Union County Detention Center, and his bail is set at $750,000.