ROLLA, Missouri- Rolla Police said in a statement that on Thursday they received a report of a person who was impersonating a police officer and threatening people.
It was reported that the suspect driving a black colored Dodge Charger, which was equipped with emergency lights and siren, had pulled over another driver near the intersection of 4th Street and Walnut in Rolla. After stopping the car, the suspect confronted the occupants about an alleged traffic violation. During the ensuing conversation the alleged police impersonator made several threatening statements to the occupants of the vehicle which caused great alarm to them, the agency said.
During the follow-up investigation, Thomas H. Scott Parkinson, age 23 of Edgar Springs, Missouri was identified as the person who was posing as a police officer and who performed the traffic stop on the motorist.
Today, Parkinson was arrested on the charges of False Impersonation and Harassment in the 1st Degree. He was subsequently incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail on a 24 hour hold pending the issuance of warrants, police said.