Police: Va. man in 'fake police car' followed woman across 3 states
FAUQUIER Co., Va. (WSET) -- A Fredericksburg man has been arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer after police said he followed a woman through three states in a car that looked like a police cruiser.
The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office said a woman called police saying she was being followed by a police car, but was in fear for her safety on the afternoon of Saturday, April 7.
She said she noticed the driver following her from western Maryland, into West Virginia, and then into Fauquier County, Virginia.
The woman claimed the car had police markings and blue lights that were being used to maneuver through traffic to keep up with her; she described the vehicle as a white and blue 2010 Chevrolet Impala with the word "police" on the doors and trunk.
A sheriff's deputy responded and stopped the vehicle she described.
The driver, identified as 28-year-old Jerry Lentz Saintvil, told the deputy the "police car" was used to shoot a music video in Winchester and he was driving to Fredericksburg.
Saintvil initially provided a false name and conflicting statements to the deputy, the sheriff's office said.
After searching his vehicle, investigators found police style gear, including a tactical vest, a Department of Justice pin, an airsoft gun, and portable radios.
They said this wasn't his first time impersonating a police officer due to his criminal background.
Saintvil was charged with impersonating a police officer, 2nd offense; false ID to law enforcement to avoid arrest, 2nd offense and driving on a suspended license, 3rd or subsequent offense.
He is being held in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center with no bond.
The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office asks anyone who observed the vehicle traveling on Saturday in Fauquier County or elsewhere to contact their office at 540-347-3300.