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April 11, 2012

Prosecutor: Fire marshal did no wrong in making traffic stop

Police said they felt the fire marshal did not have the authority to make a traffic stop

By Patrick Wilson
The Virginian-Pilot

SUFFOLK, Va. — Agnes Cox stopped on Jan. 24 for a man she assumed was a Suffolk police officer.

The man in the unmarked, red Chevy Impala asked for her driver's license and told her she had been swerving. He was courteous, but he also pointed out that she wasn't wearing a seat belt and asked who owned the car. When he returned with her license that afternoon, he didn't give her a ticket. Instead, he told Cox she was free to leave.

It turns out the man was not a police officer, but a Portsmouth fire marshal inspector.

Full story: Prosecutor: Fire marshal did no wrong in making traffic stop

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