County Corrections Officer Arrested, Charged With Impersonating Peace Officer

Updated 9-2-2020 with comments from Sheriff Campbell and charging documents from the Circuit Clerk 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday, September 1, that an Okawville man and county corrections officer was arrested and charged with multiple counts, including several involved with impersonating a peace officer.

The charges against Ethan Foster, 23, include unlawful use of an oscillating, rotating or flashing lights on a motor vehicle and false personification of a peace officer in attempting or committing a felony, both a Class 2 felony; false personification of a peace officer while carrying a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony; and unlawful restraint and false personification of a peace officer, a Class 4 felony.

Foster was also charged with a Class A misdemeanor count of unlawful use of oscillating, rotating or flashing lights on a motor vehicle.

According to charging documents filed in the Washington County Circuit clerk, on or about August 18, Foster committed the offense of unlawful use of oscillating, rotating or flashing lights on a motor vehicle when he as “a volunteer firefighter knowingly and without legal authority operated” a white 2015 Dodge Dart at a time he was not responding to a bona fide emergency or when parked or stationary at the time of a fire, rescue or other emergency call.

The charges also state that Foster “falsely represented himself to be a peace officer while carrying a deadly weapon,” knowingly and without legal authority detained Chris Williams in which he initiated a traffic stop on Williams’ vehicle, a blue 2018 Ford mustang, in which Foster parked his vehicle and prevented Williams from leaving his vehicle.

Bond was set at $30,000 by Judge Daniel Emge. Foster reportedly posted the required bond after he was sent to Washington County Jail.

Sheriff Len Campbell said Foster had been employed at the Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer since January 29, 2019. He said his termination with the sheriff’s department was as of the date of the arrest.

Campbell said the office was notified of the incident with Foster on Aug. 19, the day after it occurred.

“That was when the investigation began,” Campbell said.

The Nashville News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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