A man claiming to be a deputy repeatedly test drove an SUV at a Salem dealership and even made a traffic stop in a Chevrolet Tahoe he drove off the lot with an employee in the passenger seat, according to real Marion County deputies.
Anthony McGuire, 40, was booked in the Marion County Jail on Saturday.
Deputies said McGuire identified himself as a deputy sheriff when he went to Good Fellows Auto Sales at 218 Lancaster Dr. N.E. three days in a row.
Each day, he test drove a black Chevrolet Tahoe, according to deputies.
On the third day, employees grew suspicious and went along for the test drive.
Investigators said during that drive, McGuire yelled at a motorcyclist to pull over. When the motorcycle rider stopped, McGuire again identified himself as a deputy and said he was stopping the man for speeding.
That's when everyone involved in the bogus traffic stop called the real deputies.
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, McGuire admitted to impersonating a deputy and was arrested.
The sheriff's office said that real deputies and police officers acting in their official capacity will always carry the proper identification and badge. If you ever have questions related to an officer or deputy, call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of McGuire is asked to call deputies at 503-588-5032.
A motive for his alleged impersonation of a deputy was not revealed.
By Monday night, McGuire had been released from jail. A judge issued a no action order in the case, meaning charges are not being pursued at this time. They could still be filed again at a later date.
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