NORTH CHARLESTON — A 20-year-old North Charleston man was allegedly knocking on doors to apartments at Appian Way Saturday, falsely claiming he was a Dorchester County deputy, according to a North Charleston Police report.
Alerted by a neighbor who was contacted by the man, North Charleston Police arrested Luke Joseph Westbury, who lives in the apartment complex. Westbury has been charged with impersonating a deputy.
According to the incident report, Westbury allegedly knocked on the door of one of his neighbors, identifying himself as a law enforcement officer and asking if the person had seen any suspicious behavior.
The neighbor said the man appeared intoxicated and refused to show identification as an officer.
When police arrived to find Westbury, who matched the victim's description, at a nearby apartment. Police say he had an open container of alcohol and kept drinking as he talked to police. He allegedly admitted to asking questions and identifying himself as a Dorchester County deputy, but could not give any evidence to his alleged credentials. According to the report, he was worried about drug deals in the area.
In addition to a charge for impersonating a police officer, North Charleston Police also charged him with minor in possession of alcohol.